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'Drugs being sold openly on the streets of Cootehill'

Sep 5, 2022 15:09 By News Northern Sound
'Drugs being sold openly on the streets of Cootehill' 'Drugs being sold openly on the streets of Cootehill'
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'They just walked up through everybody and they didn't care what I thought of them or anyone else for that matter'

More Gardai are needed on the streets and in housing estates across Cavan.

That's according to Cllr Aiden Fitzpatrick who says that drug dealing is taking place openly on the streets of Cootehill.

He told Northern Sound that constituents had contacted him about the problem over the last few weeks.

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But it was only when he saw for himself, two young men with bags heading of to sell their drugs while attending an outdoor meeting, did he realise the seriousness of the problem.

Cllr Fitzpatrick said there needs to be more community policing so that drug dealing can be detected.

"We heard at the recent Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting in Cavan that the Covid-19 pandemic has slowed things down at the Garda training college," he continued.

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"But in the next five or six months there will be new recruits coming out and they will be needed.

"Hopefully, there will be more visibility of Gardai on the streets because I was shocked at the brashness of those two lads I saw while at the meeting.

"They just walked up through everybody and they didn't care what I thought of them or anyone else for that matter."

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