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Gang 'godmothers' taking over the family business

A PECULIAR interaction of government policy on the placement of drug treatment centres in Dublin city centre, gang feuding, the mass-scale importation of drugs and tobacco and the traditional bread-winning role in women in inner city Dublin has created a new breed of "godmothers" now responsible for overseeing organised crime.

The Government has allowed a situation to evolve where at least 20 centres for heroin addicts exist in the heart of Dublin, 16 of them in Dublin 1, north of the Liffey. This brings thousands of addicts into the city centre every day. They are the market for the city's heroin and other illegal drug trade which runs alongside the illicit tobacco trade. The control of the distribution of the illegal products is now predominantly run by women, gardai say.

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