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P. 4 The Garda National Drugs Unit (GNDU) has overall primary responsibility for Drug Law Enforcement. It has a national and international remit and works in collaboration with Revenue’s Customs Service, the Irish Navy and the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

The GNDU carries out long term strategic and short term tactical investigations into the activities of Organised Crime Gangs (OCGs) based both here and on the European continent from where drug traffickers ply their trade to the detriment of Irish communities. The GNDU liaises with other European Police Forces and has strategic partners in the United Kingdom, Spain, Holland and Belgium; countries where OCGs affecting the Irish jurisdiction tend to be the most proactive.

In 2014 the Garda National Drugs Unit arrested 60 persons in connection with drug trafficking offences with €698,234,000 of controlled drugs seized which included Cocaine, Heroin, Herbal Cannabis, Cannabis Resin and Ecstasy. In total 43 significant seizures were made. Major investigations carried out by the Garda National Drugs Unit in 2014 are detailed in the report.

Test Purchase Operations: Targeting mid range and low level drug dealers nationwide. As a result of these tactical investigations, 55 dealers were arrested in respect of 251 criminal offences.

National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016:
The strategic objective of the National Drugs Strategy 2009-16 is to continue to tackle the harm caused to individuals and society by the misuse of drugs through a concerted focus on the five pillars of supply reduction, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and research. An Garda Síochána is committed to tackling the supply of drugs at all levels in keeping our commitment to the National Drugs Strategy. Garda Policy is reflected in the National Drugs Strategy and as part of the delivery of drug policy, An Garda Síochána have the responsibility for the implementation of 15 Actions under the Strategy.

In response to the issue of Drug Related Intimidation under Action 5 of the National Drug Strategy 2009 – 2016, An Garda Síochána has developed a clear policy as recommended un-der the Strategy in conjunction with the National Family Support Network. A framework has been developed ‘the Drug Related Intimidation Reporting Programme’ and is now in place on a National level. An Inspector has been nominated in every Garda Division throughout the country to act as the single point of contact (SPOC) to ensure that there is an appropriate and effective response to this is-sue. An Garda Síochána will ensure a confidential, safe and effective means of dealing with reports of intimidation and providing families with sufficient support. An Garda Síochána continue to meet our obligations under the National Drugs Strategy 2009-16.

The work of the Garda National Drugs Unit in 2014 has had a major impact on the drug trafficking community both here and abroad. The arrest and prosecution of individuals involved in drug trafficking activities and the disruption of supply routes has severely impacted on those intent on destroying the fabric of Irish society through the illicit drugs trade.

P.6 - Maritime Analysis Operations Centre Narcotics MAOC(N)
P.38 - Driving while intoxicated incidents
P.42 - Forensic science laboratory drugs section

CSO addendum:
Controlled drugs offences increased by 3.8% driven largely by detections for possession of drugs for personal use as well as for sale and supply.
Controlled drug offences in 2014 were 15,957, and in 2013 were 15,372.


Date:July 2015
Pages:42 p.
Publisher:An Garda Siochana
Corporate Creators:An Garda Siochana
Place of Publication:Dublin
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Substance related societal (social) problems > Drug use and driving
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Substance related societal (social) problems > Alcohol / drinking and driving
MM-MO Crime and law > Crime > Substance related crime
MM-MO Crime and law > Substance related offence > Drug offence > Illegal distribution of drugs (drug market / dealing)
MM-MO Crime and law > Substance related offence > Drug offence > Illegal drug possession (seizures)
MM-MO Crime and law > Law enforcement and the justice system
MM-MO Crime and law > Justice system > Law enforcement agency > Police (Garda)
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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