Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (760)

Seán Crowe

Question:

882 Mr. Crowe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if his attention has been drawn to the growing problem of the availability of hard drugs in the Dublin south-west area; and if the Garda authorities have plans to increase in numbers the drugs unit in the area. [1633/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the DMR west division has four dedicated drug units which are supplemented by gardaí from the divisional crime task force, the divisional traffic unit, detective units and regular units when carrying out operations in the division as required. I am further informed that specific operations and plans are put in place by the Garda Síochána to target any drug dealing. The strength of the drug units is regularly reviewed and adjusted as required.