Drug possession offences on the increase

Drug detection rates in Longford have shown a ten per cent increase on 2012 figures.
The number of people being caught with drugs in their possession in Longford is continuing to rise with latest figures showing a ten per cent increase over the past 12 months.

The number of people being caught with drugs in their possession in Longford is continuing to rise with latest figures showing a ten per cent increase over the past 12 months.

Statistics presented at last night’s (Wednesday) meeting of Longford Town Council’s Joint Policing Committee (JPC) also showed a marginal increase in burglaries since September 2012.

But it was the apparent rise in drug detections which led to plenty of debate among the JPC’s eight elected members.

Superintendent Denis Shields hinted at the recent re-allocation of the region’s divisional drug unit as a reason for the upsurge in detection rates.

“The sale and supply of drugs in Longford is being adequately dealt with by our drugs unit and detective branch,” he said.

Cllrs Mae Sexton and Tony Flaherty, meanwhile, both said the changing trend in combating drug related offences was down to greater resources being levelled at the problem.

“It just goes to show you that when we shouted loud enough (for return of drugs unit) somebody listened,” said Cllr Sexton.