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Press Briefing - Long Term Operations targeting the sale and supply of controlled drugs in 3 areas

Long Term Operations targeting the sale and supply of controlled drugs - Cavan, Portlaoise and Blanchardstown

In the past 48 hours 35 people have been arrested following the culmination of three separate, long term covert Garda operations, aimed at tackling the networks that supply  controlled drugs in Cavan Town, Portlaoise and the Blanchardstown area of West Dublin. Arrangements have been made to bring a total of 54 individuals before the respective local Courts, charged with over 240 offences contrary to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977/84 collectively. These operations targeted criminal networks involved in illicit drug trafficking, with specific emphasis on the supply networks involved in heroin dealing.  In total 47 men and 7 women, ranging in age from 15 to 49 years, are being prosecuted for drug trafficking offences. These covert Garda operations were initiated by local Garda Management approximately 6 months ago in response to growing public concern in relation to drug misuse in local communities. The operations were coordinated and supported by the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.
 

‘Operation Sarto’ was conducted in Cavan Town and 19 offenders are being brought before Cavan District Court
 

‘Operation Nero’ was conducted in Portlaoise and 16 offenders are being brought before Portlaoise District Court.
 

‘Operation Rhea’ was conducted in Blanchardstown in West Dublin and a further 19 offenders are being brought before Blanchardstown District Court.

 
An Garda Siochana is committed to tackling the illegal sale and supply of controlled drugs at every level in our society by using modern policing methods and innovative approaches. Ongoing operations aim to tackle those criminal networks involved in the sale and supply of drugs and bring them before the courts. Policing of drugs remains as one of the highest priorities for An Garda Siochana to reduce the harm caused by drugs, diminish associated crime and make our communities safer for everyone.

 
Those arrested and charged will appear before Blanchardstown, Portlaoise and Cavan District Courts this morning Thursday 28th January 2016 at 10.30am.

 
A Press briefing will be held at DMR Conference Room, Block 4, Harcourt Square, Dublin 2 this afternoon, Thursday 28th January 2016 at 3pm to outline the full details of the operations. Garda Management from Portlaoise, Cavan and Blanchardstown will be present along with Garda Management from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.