Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin has urged members of the public to come forward with information about local drug dealers.
Mr McPolin warned that drugs have become more normalised in recent times.
“I hear it from all sources, if you want to get drugs, you can find them. There is a network there, it is very much part and parcel of the social scene in Cork city and indeed beyond it, in the towns and villages as well.
"If you want to get drugs you can get them, so we need that information coming through.”
Supt McPolin said the information was vital for the Gardaí to move forward with investigations.
“All of our operations have to be intelligence-led. We can’t just be going out searching premises without accurate information that is current and up to date.
“It can be partial information. We are not asking for the complete package of what is going on, just give us an indication if you think there is drug dealing going on or suspicious activity, let us know.”
He outlined the type of information they are looking for.
“They don’t have to reveal who they are, just the locations, time, registration of suspect vehicles, description of persons who may be dealing, or greater detail if they have it.
"We will assimilate it and act on it and take it from there.
"An Garda Siochana is a statutory agency, we are tasked with the enforcement of legislation in relation to drugs and we have to get information in order to put these dealers out of business.
“If you have any bit of information at all don’t be one bit afraid to contact us on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station, we will treat the information with the utmost of confidence and we will act on it.”