Ardee Garda Superintendent Fergus Treanor says he and his officers are focusing their energies on the escalating issue of drug related crime in Ardee.
Speaking at last night’s Ardee & Mid-Louth Local Policing Forum meeting at Ardee Parish Centre, the local Garda chief said the increase in drug-related activity in the town was a concern. In the last six weeks, there was been a number of pipe bomb and petrol bomb incidents in the town, some of which are believed to linked to drug crime.
A number of raids have also been carried out at properties in the area in recent weeks, with arrests made and quantities of drugs seized by officers.
At last night’s meeting, Treanor confirmed that the number of prosecutions related to possession and sale or supply have shot up in 2017. There have been 25 arrests made for possession of drugs in the divisional area – Ardee, Collon, Castlebellingham, Louth Village – between April and October of this year, mostly in the Ardee area.
That is up from just nine in 2016. Whilst no prosecutions were sought for the sale or supply of drugs in Ardee in 2016, there have been 12 this year.
“We have increased our response in relation to the sale and supply of drugs. We had no instances last year but 12 in this period. Those people are before the courts for sale and supply,” he told the meeting
“We rely heavily on the the public when it comes to information regarding the sale and supply of drugs. All of the information is being passed on confidentially and acted. If the information is good and of good quality, we can act and catch these people,” he said.
In relation to recent pipe bomb and petrol bomb attacks, Treanor said, “We are reacting to that and focusing our energies in relation to that. It’s a concern,” he continued. “