The impact of a drug conviction can have serious consequences for a young person for his/ her lifetime. That was the strong message from  Garda Superintendent Joe McKenna at a recent meeting of the Joint Policing Committee for Mayo.

The number of gardai attached to the Mayo Drug Division has been doubled and the detection of drug offenses in the county is on a sharp rise.

Over the first two months of this year, there has been a 200 percent increase in detection of selling and supplying illegal drugs in county Mayo.

This was just one of the stats Supt McKenna provided.

He also assured anyone who reports suspicious crime activity to the gardai that the information is confidential and they will not be required to make a formal statement or appear in court, unless they want to. He said the gardai will gladly listen and will then investigate in full the information supplied.

Supt McKenna has been telling Midwest News more about the crackdown by gardai in Mayo on illegal drug offences

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