Almost twice as many people have been convicted of drug dealing in Laois in the first two months of 2014 as for the same period last year, while possession for personal use remains the same.
At County Hall recently, Chief Superintendent John Scanlon told the Laois County Joint Policing Committee that 16 cases of having drugs for sale or supply were recorded in January and February this year, compared to nine last year. The figure for possession stays at 25, while there have been no arrests so far this year for cultivation.
“We’ve had specific operations in place for the last two months, which is why the figure is almost double the same amount as last year,” said Chief Supt Scanlon. “This is more a measure of police activity than it is the crime itself.”
Cllr John King, who raised concerns over drugs, asked whether following the closure of rural garda stations was it possible to have a garda presence in post offices once a week.
Chief Supt Scanlon replied that not all post offices are appropriate for a garda presence, however a policy review is due to take place.