GARDAI have arrested a large number of people as part of a major operation targeting drug dealing in Limerick.
The arrests were made as part of ‘Operation Kelso’, a six month covert operation targeting both low-level drug dealers and major suppliers. 16 people - including four women - were arrested across Limerick city and county on Friday as part of the operation, which is being led by the Limerick Divisional Drugs Unit based in Henry Street and supported by the National Drugs Unit.
Gardai believe they have struck a major blow to the illegal drug trade in Limerick and expect to have arrested between 34 and 37 people by early next week as part of the operation, levelling in the region of 60 drugs charges in total by the time it is concluded.
The operation will be ongoing in the city and county over the weekend.
Cocaine with a street value of several thousand euro has been seized as part of the operation.
Of those arrested on Friday, 12 men and women appeared before Limerick District Court charged with the sale and supply of drugs. Three men in their 20s were also detained by gardai in Newcastle West as part of the operation after a van was intercepted and a quantity of drugs seized.
A garda spokesman said the aim of the operation was to “dismantle” the drugs distribution network in Limerick.
Cllr Michael Hourigan, chairman of Limerick city’s Joint Policing Committee, said that he was “delighted to hear of this operation”.
“We are delighted to see gardai making significant inroads into the war on drugs. Drugs continue to be a scourge on our community in Limerick and I hope that this operation will significantly obstruct the drugs trade in Limerick,” he said.
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