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Gardaí seize €73k of drugs in three months


Rape reports almost double 2019 figures

Anton McNulty

GARDAÍ have seized €73,000 worth of drugs and €51,974 in cash in the last three months, while financial accounts associated with crime have also been frozen.
The crime levels in Co Mayo so far in 2022 were outlined by Superintendent Joe McKenna to members of the Mayo Joint Policing Committee at last Friday’s meeting.
The members heard that since it was established in 2020, the Mayo Divisional Drug Unit has seized €2,270,897.67 worth of drugs along with €188,774 in cash.
In recent weeks, €35,000 worth of cocaine and cannabis was discovered in Castlebar and Claremorris. While members of the JPC congratulated An Garda Síochána, they also stated that the hauls demonstrate just how prevalent the problem is in Mayo.
“There was a raid in Castlebar over the last week, and if the rumours about half the stuff that was recovered are true it is frightening. Our town is flooded by [drugs crime], but well done on excellent work,” commented Cllr Michael Kilcoyne.
Cllr Damien Ryan added that the drug problem was prevalent in south Mayo due to its close proximity to the motorway and Galway city,” he said.

Other crimes
Supt McKenna also outlined the figures for other crimes in Mayo.
Complaints of rape have almost doubled in since 2019, increasing from eight in that pre-pandemic year to 12 in 2021, and to 14 in 2022.
Offences of assault causing harm are up by 18 percent compared to the same period in 2019, while minor assaults are up 14 percent. Burglary is down 24 percent, while criminal damage is down by 14 percent. Public order and drunkeness offences are also down.
To date this year, 144 incidents of theft have been reported, a rise of 9 percent on the same period 2019. However, the number of thefts from vehicles has dropped considerably from 83 in 2019 to 22.
Supt McKenna also confirmed that incidents of fraud and scams has decreased, with 316 recorded so far this year. “I am happy to see that people seem to be getting the message and not clicking on links or answering [fraudulent] texts on the phone or providing information. We are down 138 from this time last year, but at the same time I have a word of caution. In 2019 we only had 151, so when you compare the two years we are up 76 percent on that year,” he said.