Saturday 14 December 2019

Seven arrested after six-week Garda operation into drug dealing

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Sarah Stack

Five men and two teens have been arrested following a six-week undercover operation targeting drug dealing in the capital.

The operation - codenamed Hesitate – identified those suspected of being involved in the sale and supply of drugs in Dublin’s north inner city, particularly the area of St Mary's Mansions, off Sean Mac Dermott Street.

About 0.5 kilo of the designer synthetic drug PVP, which has an estimated street value €17,000, was seized this morning along with smaller quantities of cannabis and other drugs paraphernalia. A car was also detained and brought for technical examination to Store Street Garda Station.

Gardai said the five men will appear before Dublin District Court later today, while one of the juveniles will appear in the children’s court. The second teen will be subject to the Juvenile Diversion programme.

Chief Superintendent Patrick Leahy, of Store Street Garda Station, said: "This operation is being led out by the Community Policing Gardaí attached to the North Central Division and is a direct response to community concerns identified to community gardai

"To date more than 12,500 residents of the North Inner City have been interviewed by community gardaí in an effort to provide a more community focused customer centred approach to policing in the area ."

Over the course of the six week operation gardaí from Store Street and Mountjoy Garda Stations worked closely with members of the Garda National Drugs Unit to gather evidence against drug suppliers in the local communities.

The operation continued this morning with more than 60 members from Dublin’s north inner city, the Garda national drugs unit, the Garda Air Support Unit and the Garda Dog Unit.

“These arrests are in addition to 55 drug dealing arrests under Operation Spire and 38 under Operation Tempest in Dublins North Inner City in recent months which all forms part of the overall Community Policing approach in the area,” gardaí added.

Gardai said the operation was prompted by feedback from residents who engaged with community officers.

“The Garda Síochána would like to thank the Lord Mayor, Local Councillors and the Community Policing Forum for their support and co-operation while this investigation and operation were underway,” the force added in a  statement.

“We are happy to report that all of the main suspects identified, targeted in today’s operations are currently arrested and it is expected they will be charged and brought before the courts later today.”

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