Superintendent to meet with Sinn Fein following cocaine revelations
AFTER traces of cocaine were found in the bathrooms of the majority of licensed premises in Bray, Superintendent Michael Lernihan has confirmed that he will be meeting with members of Sinn Fein, who carried out the covert tests last week.
Superintendent Lernihan said that the fight against illegal drug use, on the supply reduction side, continues to be one of the main priorities in policing the area.
Figures indicate that gardaí searched almost twice the amount of people for drugs this year compared to the same period in 2007.
Superintendent Lernihan added that while 14 arrests were made for possession and sale or supply between January and October last year, so far in 2008 there have been 38 arrests made for the same crime.
‘This shows the individual commitment of the gardaí locally. Bray is no different to any other town or city in Ireland. Drugs are prevalent in every town in the country.’
Other figures showed that arrests for simple possession of drugs have also increased, with 96 made last year and 141 for the same period this year.
‘We are committed to eradicating drug abuse,’ remarked Superintendent Lernihan. He said that three large seizures had been made this month alone. ‘On October 4 this year, ¤5,000 worth of LSD were seized, on October 10 ¤20,000 worth of cannabis and on October 14 ¤15,000 worth of cannabis.’
He said that four arrests had been made in total in relation to the seizures and that files will be prepared and sent to the office of the DPP.
Cllr. John Brady said that he and other members of the party will attend a meeting with Bray Gardaí to discuss the test results and hand over the information on October 28.
The swab used to test for cocaine in Bray pubs.