35 held in blitz on street drug dealers

By akack2 · Jan 27, 2010 · Updated Jan 27, 2010 ·
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    Thirty-five suspected street drug dealers have been arrested in a blitz on gangs, gardaí said today.

    Six men and one woman, all in their 20s and early 30s, were detained today on drugs charges in Athlone, while 28 men have been held in west and north Dublin over the last three days.

    The operation has seen plain clothes officers buy drugs on the streets from suspected dealers before detectives moved in over the last week.

    The areas targeted in the capital were Finglas, Blanchardstown and Cabra.

    Eight men arrested in Dublin, all in their 20s, were being questioned under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

    Superintendent Aidan Glacken, based in Athlone, said the clampdown on suspected dealers will continue.

    “This is a major blow for drug dealers operating in the Athlone area,” Mr Glacken said.

    “Gardaí from Athlone district will continue to target street-level drug dealers and those who supply them.”

    The operations co-ordinated by the National Drugs Unit, supported by local drugs squads, have been ongoing for a number of months involving surveillance and intelligence gathering.

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