Wednesday 24 April 2019

Families urged to contact gardai

Drug dealers leaving mums and sisters in fear due to intimidation

Hubert Murphy

Mid Louth families being intimidated by drug dealing gangs are being urged to contact Ardee gardai in confidence.

Major concerns were raised at last week's area policing meeting that mothers, sisters and other family members are being forced to pay drug debts for other family members, who may have even fled the area.

Inspector Ronan Carey has been appointed as the liason inspector for the area, aimed at helping families in crisis when it comes to intimidation and threats.

'If a person has a drug debt I meet them and offer them advice, if they want to talk to us,' he stated. He said the primary thing is that people don't have to make a statement or indeed name individuals, the gardai can follow up on that end of things.

The formation of a drugs unit for Mid Louth has made a difference already, with one seizure of controlled drugs valued at €138,000 plus 25 searches and 19 possession detections. The main drugs they have come across are cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy. Councillors urged the public to support the gardai in their efforts to tackle the scourge of drugs in the area, which now impacts in rural as well as urban areas.

The gardai can be contacted at or 0416853222.

Drogheda Independent