MOTH­ERS TAR­GETS OF DRUG DEAL­ERS

GARDAÍ TO MUMS: TELL US IF DEAL­ERS PUR­SUE YOU FOR DEBTS OF FAM­ILY MEM­BERS

Drogheda Independent - - FRONT PAGE - By HUBERT MUR­PHY

MOTH­ERS and other fe­male mem­bers of lo­cal fam­i­lies are be­ing tar­geted by drug deal­ers de­mand­ing that debts be paid.

Now gardaí are ask­ing that moth­ers be­ing in­tim­i­dated into pay­ing off the debts of other fam­ily mem­bers come for­ward in con­fi­dence to the force.

There have been in­ci­dents in Dublin, but it has now spread to Drogheda, the Joint Polic­ing Meet­ing in the d Ho­tel heard.

‘ This needs to be brought out into the pub­lic do­main,’ Cllr Pio Smith re­vealed.

Chief Supt Christy Man­gan said if they got re­ports from fam­i­lies about such in­ci­dents, they would be han­dled in a sen­si­tive way.

‘We’ll put the drug deal­ers out of op­er­a­tion but peo­ple have to come to us,’ he added.

Supt An­drew Wat­ters re­marked: ‘If there are peo­ple be­ing in­tim­i­dated I want to know. We have an in­spec­tor who goes out and talks to fam­i­lies and when we get the in­for­ma­tion, we’ll tar­get groups and take them on.’ He said gar­dai were try­ing to stop deal­ers ‘in their pock­ets’.

FE­MALE mem­bers of fam­i­lies, es­pe­cially moth­ers, are be­ing tar­geted by deal­ers who are de­mand­ing money from them for the drug debts of other fam­ily mem­bers.

‘ This has hap­pened in Dublin and is now spread­ing to Drogheda,’ Cllr Pio Smith stated. ‘ This needs to be brought out into the pub­lic do­main.’

Ad­dress­ing the Joint Polic­ing meet­ing in re­ply, Chief Supt Christy Man­gan said if they got re­ports from fam­i­lies about such in­ci­dents, they would be ‘ han­dled in a sen­si­tive way.

‘We’ll put the drug deal­ers out of op­er­a­tion but peo­ple have to come to us . We have taken on the drug deal­ers in the last 12 months,’ he added.

Supt An­drew Wat­ters added, ‘if there’s peo­ple be­ing in­tim­i­dated I want to know. We have an in­spec­tor who goes out and talks to fam­i­lies and when we get the in­for­ma­tion, we’ll tar­get groups and take them on.’

He said there had been oper­a­tions in re­cent months which had tar­geted crime gangs in the town.

‘We had a num­ber of ex­cel­lent de­tec­tions. There are two ma­jor groups and we seized prop­erty, cash, drugs and ve­hi­cles and in a sec­ond one, we got cash. We are try­ing to stop them in their pock­ets.

‘ These peo­ple are get­ting young peo­ple in­volved in drugs and we want to stop that.’

He said other services like CAB, the rev­enue, lo­cal author­ity and the emer­gency services came on board in a bid to ‘ take as­sets from crime’.

At the JPC meet­ing were Richie Cul­hane, Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Christy Man­gan, Tony Mullins, Joe McGuin­ness, Flora Okobi and Su­per­in­ten­dent An­drew Wat­ters.

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