Special Garda unit in Cork city have made 60 drug detections since mid-June

Special Garda unit in Cork city have made 60 drug detections since mid-June

A special garda unit launched last month to police Cork city centre and outlying areas have made 60 drug detections since its inception. 

The City Centre Policing Unit, formed in mid-June has carried out 220 searches of people on the street which has resulted in 10 detections of drugs for sale and supply and 50 detections of possession for personal use.

Drugs such as heroin, cocaine, MDMA, tablets and cannabis are some of the drugs that have been seized.

These persons are searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act, where Gardaí believe the person may be in possession of drugs. 

The new unit, made up of one Sergeant and eight Gardaí, are mainly a high visibility unit but occasionally carry out plainclothes drugs operations. 

The members of the unit are attached to Southside Community Engagement Hub, which operates under the Garda Operating Model. 

They are deployed at times and locations that have been identified as "hot spots" for crime by the Garda Analysis Services.

Whilst out on high visibility patrols, targeting anti-social behavior and thefts from local business, the unit have also seized 11 knives and one baton; as well as seven detections for public order and 13 for theft from shop incidents.

Speaking at Anglesea Street Garda Station, Inspector Gary McPolin said:

"We work closely with all of our stakeholders to make Cork City a safer place. 

"Thousands of people come and go through the city each day, but there are a small minority who are caught up in crime.

"Cork is a safe place to live, work and visit. 

"All of our Gardaí have an active role in drug enforcement and patrolling our busy streets, but to have a dedicated, high visibility unit in the city to disrupt street level drug offences, anti-social behavior and thefts from local business, it will hopefully benefit the whole community and make Cork a safer place."

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