Su­per­in­ten­dent to meet with Sinn Fein fol­low­ing co­caine rev­e­la­tions

Bray People - - Bray People -

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.

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