Rise in drug detections in Mountmellick

The last three months have seen a 167 percent increase in the number of detections of possession of drugs, and possession with intent to supply, in Mountmellick.

The last three months have seen a 167 percent increase in the number of detections of possession of drugs, and possession with intent to supply, in Mountmellick.

Garda Inspector Aidan Farrelly said they have had “significant success” over the three months of the summer.

“We have been targeting local abusers and suppliers, some are before the courts. Suffice it to say we have had significant success,” he said, speaking at the recent Mountmellick JPC meeting in the library.

He said there were five detections in the three month of June, July and August, and 30 so far in 2013 in the town.

The drugs discovered were cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy.

The 167 percent rise was in comparison to the same period in 2012.

Insp Farrelly said the Garda drugs corps “continue to support Mountmellick Gardaí”.

“The traffic corps also continue to monitor in the square, paying particular attention to so-called boy racers,” he said.

Insp Farrelly added that some of the young drivers from the town had made a court appearance.

“I was in the district court in Portlaoise recently and there was a good representation of road traffic offences from Mountmellick,” he said.