Irish Daily Mirror 26/04/06
Ireland's first non-Garda hotline for reporting drug dealers is being launched next week.
The confidential name-and-shame project has been set up in Blacherdstown, West Dublin.
And it has been hailed as a positive step i helping to stop the growth in drug dealing.
Anti-drug campaigner Grainne Kenny, of Europe Against Drugs, told the Irish Daily Mirror: "Anything that will help to reduce drug use, addiction and dealing is a welcome move.
Signs of dealing should always be reported and people should give car registrations, times and dates if they suspect it is happening in their neighbourhood - this project sounds very positive."
The Blanchardstown Local Drugs Taskforce hope people of all ages will use their Dial to Stop Drug Dealing Line. Any information recieved will be passed onto the gardai.
Parts of the area have been rife with drugs for some time and gangland violence has erupted in various estates over the years.
Notorious drug dealer Mark Glennon was shot dead after he answered a knock on his door last September.
The Westies gang boss was shot three times in the chest at point blank range by a gunman wearing a wig and glasses.
He fell in the hallway of his home in Hazlewood Crescent in Blanchardstown as his horrified father and girlfriend screamed for help.
A spokesman for the taskforce said "Some people are unwilling or unable to phone the gardai.
This freephone is not about replacing contact with the gardai. It is about giving people another option."
Lines for the pilot project will be open from May 3rd and the number will be announced shortly.
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