13 December 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Peter Hughes

Tuesday’s meeting of the Co Monaghan Joint Policing Committee was told by Garda Chief Superintendent John O’Reilly that incidents of drug-related intimidation were being encountered by the Gardaí more and more in the county. He said this arose when a young man or woman developed a drugs habit and the supplier targeted the parents or siblings of the victim. “If reports are made to us of an intimidatory nature, the Gardaí will engage, help and support in every way possible,” the Chief Superintendent stated.

The extent of the drugs problem in Co Monaghan preoccupied a discussion on the report presented by the Gardaí to the meeting of crime statistics in the county for the third quarter of the year. Widespread recreational use of cocaine in the county was referred to, and was described as “the social drug of the era we live in” by Chief Superintendent O’Reilly, who also declared: “Drugs are a scourge that bring devastation into family…

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