‘Tougher approach must be taken to drug dealing in the Mournes’ – Doran

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Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Sinn Féin Councillor Sean Doran has said that there needs to be a tougher approach to drug dealing in the Mourne area as the area is facing what he described as a ‘drugs epidemic’. Councillor Doran said, “While I welcome the recent raids in the Mournes by the PSNI drugs unit I would like to see a bigger emphasis in tackling large dealers who are flooding the area with drugs. “At present there is a major drugs epidemic in Kilkeel and I am told it’s easier to buy drugs on the streets of the town than on the streets of Amsterdam. If we are to tackle this scourge then we need identify those people who are operating in organised gangs in importing, selling and laundering the money. “The courts also have a major role to play as they often much too lenient on drug dealers as repeat offenders continuously get bail and are straight back onto the streets peddling their wares. These people should be remanded in custody and brought before courts where the sentence much match the crime,” he continued. “As a member of the PCSP I will be looking for a major clamp down on the drugs problem in the Mournes but I also recognise that the PSNI cannot resolve this issue on their own. While the PSNI need to be the lead agency in bringing dealers before the courts we also need a community response to the problem. Doran added, “We need to educate our young people against the dangers of drugs and ensure that the PSNI have the information that identifies these death dealers so I would urge people not to remain silent of someone is dealing drugs in their area that will eventually end with the deaths in our community.”
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