Thirteen drug dealers arrested as part of operation in Dundalk
Thirteen suspected drug dealers have been arrested in Dundalk today following an operation targeting street dealers and their suppliers.
Over 30 suspected dealers have been targeted as part of the investigation which involved buying drugs on the streets and subsequently prosecuting suppliers.
Local gardaí were backed-up by regional support units and the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.
Heroin, cocaine, cannabis and prescription drugs were seized as part of the operation.
Gardaí say the operation is focused on the main drug dealers in Dundalk and those who sell drugs for them on the streets.
Those arrested are to be charged with drugs offences and are due to appear in court tomorrow.
Local TD Gerry Adams welcomed news of the arrests.
He said: “This is not the first operation of this kind by An Garda Síochána against suspected drug dealers in the Dundalk area. Some of those targeted have been arrested before in similar operations.
“While this action will be welcomed by Dundalk citizens there is however a concern at the lack of resources allocated to the Gardaí in Dundalk to properly address the sale and supply of drugs in the town.
“The scourge of drugs requires a multi-agency approach and a special anti-drugs task force for the North Louth area, including Dundalk. This is imperative to confront the drugs issue in Dundalk, as well as any cross border distribution of drugs.
“I will raising this matter with the Justice Minister at the earliest opportunity.”