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#Drug Crime

# drug-crime - Tuesday 20 May, 2014

Gangster 'Fat Freddie' arrested at Dublin Airport

Thompson appeared in court this afternoon and a hearing has been set for next week.

# drug-crime - Wednesday 14 May, 2014

Fireworks, mobile phones and three types of drugs seized in Dublin

Gardaí said the house they searched was unoccupied at the time and no arrests were made.

# drug-crime - Tuesday 6 May, 2014

Four in Kilkenny court over cocaine and cannabis seizure

The four men in their 20s were arrested after gardaí carried out searches in six locations across the country yesterday.

Two due in court over €1.5m cannabis haul

The two men were arrested yesterday by gardaí targeting a criminal gang based in Tallaght, south Dublin.

# drug-crime - Thursday 17 April, 2014

Gardaí seize drugs, stolen cars and a gun in south Dublin

Two men were arrested and have since been released.

# drug-crime - Sunday 6 April, 2014

21-year-old arrested in Tallaght over heroin seizure

The quantity of heroin seized has a street value of about €112,500.

# drug-crime - Saturday 5 April, 2014

Three arrested over €1 million cannabis, cocaine and heroin hauls

One man has already been charged and the other two are remain in garda custody today.

# drug-crime - Wednesday 2 April, 2014

Woman arrested following seizure of heroin and cannabis worth €13,000

The 29-year-old was arrested at the scene of the planned search.

Man arrested in wooded area over €228k cannabis find

Gardaí said the search yesterday was part of an ongoing operation in Cork.

# drug-crime - Sunday 26 January, 2014

Column: Drug crime can’t be broken down simply into a battle of ‘good’ versus ‘evil’

The link between educational underachievement, literacy, social empowerment and a drugs and crime culture is real and also extremely complex, says Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

# drug-crime - Friday 21 September, 2012

Man arrested in Dublin inner city over sale of cocaine

Gardaí also seized cocaine worth an estimated €105,000 as part of the operation.

# drug-crime - Sunday 26 February, 2012

Column: The war on drugs isn't working. We need to medicalise heroin.

Heroin addiction is behind much of the criminality in this country – and failing to do something about it will not make the problem go away, writes Senator John Crown.

# drug-crime - Wednesday 20 October, 2010

Drug conference: gang violence could spread across Ireland in five years

Conference hears drug problem is much worse than suggested in the media, with families being threatened and attacked because of debts to drug dealers.

# drug-crime - Wednesday 18 August, 2010

A FORMER MEXICAN PRESIDENT who was considered one of the United States’ major allies in its ‘War on Drugs’ has proposed legalising all drugs in an attempt to choke off the funding of organised crime.

Vicente Fox wrote on his blog that “legalisation does not mean that drugs are good, but we have to see [legalisation] as a strategy to weaken and break the economic system that allows cartels to earn huge profits.

“Radical prohibition strategies have never worked.”

Fox was succeeded by current president Felipe Calderon, who has led an often bloody military campaign against the drug cartels that rule Mexico’s underworld, in 2006.

28,000 people have died in drug-related crime in Mexico since Fox left office, while cartels have earned billions in drugs sold within the country and within the United States, which helps to fund Mexico’s anti-drug crime policing.

Despite the work put in by Calderon’s government, the country’s chronic drug problems show no signs of waning, with much of the country fearing the escalating violence could ward off potential investors seeking to provide employment in the region. Calderon, while not himself in favour of legalising drugs, is open to a public debate on the issue.

While Fox is seen as having relatively little influence in the country since leaving office, his statement sees him join a growing number of Latin American leaders who feel the drug trade needs to be brought overground and legitimised before it can be effectively tackled.