THE prominence of drugs during recent months in Cork city was highlighted at a joint policing committee meeting today.
The Cork City Joint Policing Committee meeting took place this afternoon and was the first since the Covid-19 lockdown in March.
Presenting the figures for January to August 2020, Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin said the increased number of detections were a testament to the work done by the divisional drug units in the city and the City Centre Policing Unit formed in June of this year.
In Cork city, there was a 120% increase in the cultivation or manufacture of drugs compared to the same period last year; five incidents were detected for the first eight months of last year whilst 11 were detected for the first eight months of this year.
There were 207 incidents of the possession of drugs for sale and supply, up from 125 last year.
Meanwhile, there were 780 incidents of the possession of drugs for personal use, compared to 586 incidents for the same period last year.
Overall, there was a 40% increase in drug detections across Cork City Division year on year.
"That can be ascribed to the fact that we bolstered the strength of the divisional and district drug units across Cork city.
"We were to do it earlier on this year but with the onset of Covid, we postponed it until June,” Chief Supt McPolin said.
"We intercepted quite an amount of drugs coming into the city, not only on public transport but by vehicles also," he added.
The Lord Mayor Joe Kavanagh said the successes of Gardaí in recent months have been significant and are "much appreciated".
Drug seizures, the Lord Mayor said, play a "huge part" in controlling anti-social behaviour in our society.
"As everybody knows drugs sale and supply and subsequent use can quite often be the catalyst for many other crimes," he said.