Heroin has been detected by gardai in Ballina recently, and while the detection is very welcome it indicates the strong need for more resources in the Mayo Garda Drug Unit, according to Independent Westport councillor Christy Hyland.
The councillor raised his concerns about the strong link between heroin use and serious crime at the Mayo Joint Policing Committee meeting in Breaffy House Hotel in Castlebar at the weekend.
The Garda Commissioner Drew Harris attended the meeting.
Councillor Hyland, a retired garda, insisted that more gardai are needed on the streets of Mayo towns and countrywide if a generation of young people is not to be lost to illegal drug abuse.
He stated that just two gardai in a squad car are on a duty in the Westport area on a Saturday night, covering an area from Achill to Leenane, when the population on the street in Westport town quadruples, and becomes as busy as Temple Bar.
Cllr Hyland has been telling Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley more about his concerns now that heroin has been detected in the county