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[Oireachtas] 413. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to combat the activities of drug dealing criminal gangs. [25025/11]. (20 Sep 2011)

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Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Tackling serious crime including drug trafficking remains a key ongoing priority both for the Government and for An Garda Síochána. The Garda Policing Plan for 2011 reflects this priority with one of its key actions being the proactive targeting by An Garda Síochána of drug trafficking. 

In implementing this action a multi-agency law enforcement approach is used, whereby Garda National Units from the National Support Service work together to target those involved in the trafficking, importation, sale and supply of illegal drugs. To further enhance this approach a strategic partnership has been established between the Garda National Drugs Unit and the Criminal Assets Bureau in identifying common targets who are then pursued through intelligence-led investigations, in order to maximise the response of law enforcement to organised crime gangs.
 
This multi-agency approach is supported by a number of further strategies targeting drug dealing including, for example,
 
The operation of dedicated Divisional and District Drug Units.
 
Continued cooperation with the Revenue Commissioners (Customs & Excise) under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding in the pro-active investigation of persons suspected of being involved in international drug-trafficking.
 
Strong and strategic partnerships in place at international level targeting drug trafficking.
 
Our drug law enforcement efforts are underpinned by a significant body of criminal law targeting organised crime. As I have indicated to the House it is my intention to keep under review the question of whether any further improvements could be made to the overall legislative framework in this area to render it more effective. In addition, in accordance with the commitments contained in the Programme for Government it is my intention, in due course, to bring forward legislative proposals which will serve to strengthen the powers of the Criminal Assets Bureau in relation to forfeiting the proceeds of crime.
 
Written Answers – Garda Operations
Vol. 740 No. 3
Tuesday, 20 September 2011

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