Gardaí to target street drug dealing as burden of Covid-19 duties eases

The Garda is to place a renewed focus on tackling street level drug dealing as it moves away from policing Covid-19 regulations.

Operation Tara, which was announced on Friday, will seek to “disrupt, dismantle and prosecute drug trafficking networks at all levels”, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris. But it will primarily focus on low level dealing, which Mr Harris said was devastating drug addicts and their families and corroding the communities around them.

The operation comes amid increasing concern about drug related intimidation, where dealers target addicts or their families with threats and violence over unpaid debts, in deprived communities across the country.

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Source: The Irish Times Online, 2021; Accessed on July 6th 2021