Drug offences increased by 50%

50 per cent increase in recorded drug offences in Donegal

Declan Magee

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Declan Magee

Drug offences increased by 50%

PJ Blake, a former town councillor, says there has been a noticeable increase in drugs finds in the Letterkenny area following the increase in numbers in the garda unit.

There has been an almost 50 per cent increase in recorded drug offences in Donegal over a 12-month period.
Statistics released yesterday show controlled drugs offences have risen by 49 per cent to 101 in the second quarter of this year, compared to 68 in the same period last year.
Possession of drugs for sale or supply offences have doubled from seven to 14 in the same period. The Recorded Crime Statistics for the second quarter of the year which were released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) also show that possession of drugs for personal use has also increased from 57 to 85.
The figures come as a request has been made to the minister for justice and the Garda commissioner that numbers in the county's biggest drugs unit be maintained, following the latest find and the increase in detections this year.
Gardaí in Letterkenny discovered drugs with a street value of €4,000 following a search of a house in town on Thursday.
The quantity of cannabis herb was discovered in a house in the Long Lane area of the town on Thursday evening at around 11pm.
One man was arrested and has since been released.
A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The latest find has led a local anti-drugs campaigner to call for resources dedicated to anti-drugs operations in the Letterkenny Garda district to be maintained.
PJ Blake, a former town councillor, says there has been a noticeable increase in drugs finds in the Letterkenny area following the increase in numbers in the garda unit.