KILKENNY GARDAI have successfully increased the number of drug busts by more than a fifth.
At a meeting of the Borough Council Joint Policing Committee Supt Michael Nevin told the borough council that there had been a 21% increase in drug detections this year.
Supt Nevin said the number of people being caught with small quantities of drugs for personal use was down as the force was concentrating on tackling the suppliers as opposed to the users.
In line with this, the Gardai recently carried out a raid in Tullaroan assisted by a Cork based Garda canine unit. A quantity of drugs was recovered along with e8,000 in cash.
Cllr Sean’OhArgain said that there was a perception that a lot of drug dealing was going on in Kilkenny city stemming from the number of tennis shoes that were appearing hanging over telephone wires.
This was thought to be a sign that drug dealing is going on in an area.
Cllr Betty Manning said she thought that a lot of the tennis shoes were just being put up “for devilment.”
Cllr Manning said that she is frequently asked by people why the Gardai aren’t arresting well known drug dealers. She said “People know, X,Y and Z are drug dealing. Why aren’t the Gardai doing anything.”
Supt Nevin said that what the Gardai know and what they can prove in court are two different things. He said that anyone with information on drug dealing should ring the dedicated dial to stop drug dealing number 1800 2200 220.
The dial to stop number was launched so that people would have the ability to fight back against drug dealers in their areas. The free phone number will always be answered. The gardai guarantee not to ask a callers name, not to trace the call and they won’t record your number.
Supt Nevin said in general they have had very good cooperation from the people in Kilkenny who have helped in the conviction of some major cases.