There have been 107 drug detections in the Mayo Garda Division so far this year, and that is an increase of 50 on the same period last year (2017).

Chief Supt Pat Diskin confirmed these figures to a meeting of the Mayo Joint Policing Committee (JPC) in Castlebar on Friday last.

 Drug detections have been made in every garda district in the county, the Chief Supt explained.

Provisional figures for the division also show that drug cultivation /grow house detections are  up 23 per cent on the same period in 2017.

Chief Supt Diskin acknowledged the value of the information that gardai receive from the general public in pursuing criminal activity.

The increasing problems that drugs are causing in local communities had been highlighted by councillors to the gardai at recent meetings of the JPC.

Speaking to Midwest News the Chief Supt outlined the success to date of the garda crackdown on illegal substances in the county.

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