The seizure of cannabis in Garrison, Co. Fermanagh, worth an estimated 130,000 euro should not come as a surprise to anyone, according to long-time anti-drugs campaigner, PJ Blake.
Speaking to the Donegal Democrat yesterday, Mr Blake said it was time the politicians sat up and paid attention to what is gong on in society.
“I was surprised that the locals in Garrison were surprised,” he said.
“The bottom line is that there are certain outlets selling the items necessary for the production of cannabis - it’s only when these are plants in the ground that the whole practice becomes illegal. Who’s kidding who here in relation to all this?
“It’s very worrying to see the Garda drugs unit in Donegal having its numbers reduced from ten to three. I applaud the work they have done and are continuing to do, but I simply can’t understand why our politicians are not making more noise about the loophole which allows this kind of activity to happen?”
He added: “I know that Senator Brian O Domhnaill has been actively seeking to have a dogs unit deployed to the drugs unit here and while this will only be on a temporary basis, it is a step in the right direction.
“Many families out there are suffering in silence as a result of drugs. It’s all very well for politicians to say they are horrified at what’s going on, but it’s time they got off their soap box and did something that will make a difference. It’s a long time ago since I went out to New York and accompanied Inspector Paul McCormack on a tour of Fort Apache in the Bronx. He said that the problems of drugs in Ireland at that time was only starting. How right he was,” Mr Blake added.