Fears quelled over drug squad

Inspector Kevin Gately quelled fears that the number of gardaí working in the drug squad have been reduced at this weeks Joint Policing Committee meeting in Letterkenny.

Inspector Kevin Gately quelled fears that the number of gardaí working in the drug squad have been reduced at this weeks Joint Policing Committee meeting in Letterkenny.

Mayor Gerry McMonagle asked the inspector during the meeting whether the number of gardaí were reduced in the squad as he was of the opinion that there was an increase in the level of drug crime, especially in terms of Heroin. “How well is drug squad resourced? And, is there one still in place here?” he said.

He added that the fact that Heroin was a growing problem in the area was very frightening for the community. Inspector Kevin Gately assured the Mayor that the number of members on the drug squad had not been changed since last year. “There is a sizable number in the drugs unit, commensurate with levels of drugs activity at the moment,” the Inspector said.

The Inspector added that the members who have been working in the Letterkenny district have gained a lot of experience and that other members are brought to the area to broaden their experience. He assured the Mayor that the numbers of members in the unit are in line with the level of drugs activity in the area and has the full support of the superintendent.