Written Answers - Drug Seizures.

Thursday, 2 June 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 603 No. 5

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  226.  Aengus Ó Snodaigh  Information on Aengus O Snodaigh  Zoom on Aengus O Snodaigh   asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform  Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell   the number of drug seizures for each of the past ten years per district in Dublin; and the type and value of the drugs seized. [18871/05]

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  I am informed by the Garda authorities that the establishment of a breakdown by district and value of the drugs seized would require an extensive manual search of records and would necessitate an inordinate commitment of resources. Details of figures for the number of cases in which proceedings were commenced can be found in the Garda Síochána annual reports for the years 1995 to 2003. Figures in respect of 2004 are not yet available.

  227.  Aengus Ó Snodaigh  Information on Aengus O Snodaigh  Zoom on Aengus O Snodaigh   asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform  Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell   the number and type of guns found along with each drug seizure of over €10,000 in value; and the type of drugs in each case in each of the past five years. [18872/05]

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  I am informed by the Garda authorities that the establishment of the drug type and the number of firearms involved in the seizures to which the Deputy refers would require an extensive manual search of records and would involve the expenditure of a significant level of resources. The table provides details of drugs seizures valued at over €10,000 where at least one firearm, within the meaning of the Firearms Acts 1925 to 1990, was also seized in the past five years.

Year No. of seizures involving firearms with drugs valued over €10,000
2005 to date 8
2004 2
2003 9
2002 4
2001 3
2000 2

  228.  Aengus Ó Snodaigh  Information on Aengus O Snodaigh  Zoom on Aengus O Snodaigh   asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform  Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell   the Garda dis[1397]trict for each of the crack cocaine seizures in the past 15 years. [18873/05]

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  It has not been possible within the timeframe available to collate the information required by the Deputy. I will contact the Deputy directly when information is to hand.


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