30 arrests in Dublin drugs crackdown

30 arrests in Dublin drugs crackdown

A major search and arrest operation is underway in inner city Dublin on Tuesday in a bid to crack down on the sale and supply of drugs.

It follows a six month covert operation by An Garda Síochána, with the codename 'Tempest', to curb the availability of heroin, cocaine and other controlled drugs in the community.By mid-morning, 30 people had been arrested as a result of 46 searches which were carried out over recent days across the north inner city.All those facing charges will be remanded to the Criminal Courts of Justice on Thursday morning.The operation is expected to result in almost 100 charges connected with drugs sale and supply offences involving 45 individuals in the area.During the course of the last six months, officers from the Bridewell, Mountjoy and Store Street Garda Stations worked closely with members of the Garda National Drugs Unit to gather evidence against drug suppliers in those areas.More than 100 members of An Garda Síochána are involved in 'Tempest' - including the Emergency Response Unit, and the Garda Air Support Unit.Chief Superintendent Patrick Leahy said: "This Operation is being led out by the Community Policing Gardaí attached to the North Central Division and is a direct response to community concerns identified during the door to door engagement by the Community Gardaí since January of this year. CHAR(13) + CHAR(10) CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)"To date more the 8,000 residents of the North Inner City have been interviewed by Community Gardaí in an effort to provide a more community focused customer centred approach to policing in the area."In a separate operation, codenamed 'Spire', 55 people have been arrested.This probe aims to crackdown on criminal activity in the O'Connell Street area of Dublin.

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