Drug crime falls

Drug crime in the Longford Roscommon division has fallen by 6 per cent since 2008.

Drug crime in the Longford Roscommon division has fallen by 6 per cent since 2008.

The new figures compiled by the ‘Irish Times’ from official CSO national crime data reveal that there were 188 cases of drug related crime in the division last year. These figures were calculated by combining the number of cases of ‘possession of drugs for personal use’ and possession of drugs for sale or supply’ within the division.

These figures do not include the number of high profile drug raids in Longford in recent weeks, including the €80,000 seizure of cannabis last week in Ballinamuck.

The division has the second lowest figure of drugs cases, just behind Mayo with 153 cases last year. Only Louth and Limerick showed increases in drug activity, with Limerick jumping by 8 percent since 2008 and Louth almost doubling its cases to 414, a 43 percent increase.