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We’re coming for you – Gardaí warn drug dealers

Edwin McGreal

A garda chief in Mayo has warned drug dealers that gardaí will continue to target dealers in the county ‘who put lives and futures of our people at risk’.
The comments were made by Claremorris-based Supt Gabriel Moran after four drugs raids were carried out in the town on Friday. The raids were part of ongoing Garda efforts to tackle the problem of illegal drugs in Mayo.  The warning comes hot on the heels of the recent Mayo Joint Policing Committee meeting where politicians expressed huge concerns about the prevalence of cocaine in Mayo and described the drugs problem as an ‘epidemic’.
“Gardaí in Claremorris as well as the Mayo Drugs Squad will continue to target those who are believed to be involved in the sale or supply of drugs in our communities and who put lives and futures of our people at risk,” said Supt Moran.
“I would appeal to anyone with information on those dealing drugs in the Claremorris, Ballinrobe, Ballyhaunis, Kiltimagh or Swinford areas to pass this information to their local Gardaí or call Claremorris Garda Station on 094 9372080, the Mayo Drugs Squad, or The Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111,” he added.
Supt Moran also said that Gardaí will continue to use their powers under the Drugs Act to search individuals, and ‘where intelligence supports this, we will execute further search warrants’.
Following four searches on Friday last, drugs with an estimated value of €1,100 were seized in Claremorris.
Acting on intelligence, gardaí from the Claremorris Community Engagement Team along with members of the Mayo Divisional Drugs Squad executed search warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act at four addresses in the town on Friday.
Substances believed to be cocaine, speed and cannabis were recovered at two of the addresses searched. Gardaí also seized drugs-related paraphernalia, including scales and ‘deal bags’, and a small amount of cash. Initial estimates suggest that the drugs seized are worth over €1,100, pending analysis.
Supt Moran said that the Mayo Roads Policing Unit have vehicles equipped with on-the-spot drug-driving testing devices.
“If you or a family member are affected by drug addiction, help is available from a range of services locally and nationally. This help can be accessed through your GP or you can see details on the National Drugs advice webpage, www.drugs.ie,” he added.
In relation to the seizures last Friday, Supt Moran said ‘investigations are ongoing with a view to prosecution’.