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Almost €250,000 of drugs seized by Castlerea gardai so far this year

Sep 7, 2021 13:09 By Shannonside News
Almost €250,000 of drugs seized by Castlerea gardai so far this year Almost €250,000 of drugs seized by Castlerea gardai so far this year
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Inspector Tom Colsh gave details to members of the Joint Policing Committee about drugs seizures so far this year and the instances of other crime detected

Almost a quarter of a million euro of drugs were seized by Gardai in the Castlerea District since the start of this year.

This weeks meeting of the Roscommon Joint Policing Committee has been informed that there has been a significant increase in both fraud crime and domestic violence incidents in the county this year.

This weeks meeting of the JPC has been told that the Divisional Drugs Unit with the assistance of local gardai have seized up to €250,000 euro worth of drugs in the area since the start of this year.

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Inspector Tom Colsh from the Castlerea District, which covers the entire western and northern part of the county, says the majority of this was down to five major seizures, for the manufacture and cultivation of drugs.

In the Roscommon area, which includes the mid and south of the county, €80,000 euro worth of drugs were seized.

The meeting also heard there's been a drop in burglaries, thefts, assaults and public order offences in the Roscommon district.

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However there's been a marked increase in fraud and scamming offences, with 183 instances reported to gardai so far this year in Roscommon, compared to 80 last year.

There has been a significant increase in the number of reported sexual offences, with six in the Roscommon area and seven in the Castlerea area this year.

Garda inspectors told members of the JPC that this is a pretty large increase and all cases are being investigated by the protected service  unit.

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Members of the JPC asked that all members of the public should be aware that specially trained gardai are in place to deal with these cases, and they work with specialist services such as SafeLink to help victims.

They have appealed to women and men to come forward and report the cases to the authorities.

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