Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Drug dealer crackdown: 30 people arrested and drugs seized following covert operation in Dublin

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Gardai have arrested 30 suspects and seized quantities of drugs and cash following a six month covert operation against street dealers in Dublin’s north inner city.

More than 100 officers took part in a series of searches of suspects’ homes across the north central division today.

Operation Tempest was set up after gardai interviewed 8,000 residents in the area to identify what locals regarded as the main policing issues.

With help from the Garda national drugs unit, community policing officers planned the blitz on suspects after the covert operation identified dealers involved in the sale and supply of drugs.

During today’s searches gardai seized small quantities of heroin, cocaine, cannabis, several hauls of cash and drug linked equipment.

Other searches had already been carried out last week in the Bridewell area of the inner city.

The 30 arrests is in addition to 55 carried out in recent weeks under Operation Spire, which focuses specifically on drug dealing in the city centre.

The garda actions, which included at least 46 searches, are expected to result in 45 people being charged with almost a hundred drugs sale and supply offences.

The suspects are expected to appear in the Dublin district court on Thursday morning.

Gardai from the north inner city were also backed up today by members of the Emergency Response Unit, the Air Support Unit and Dog Unit.

Chief Supt Pat Leahy, who led the operation, said Tempest was a direct response to community concerns identified during door to door discussions by community officers with the 8,000 residents since the start of the year.

Tempest targeted alleged dealers, who operated in local communities and had a significant negative impact on the quality of life enjoyed by residents and on businesses in the area.

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