The number of detections made by gardai in Mayo in relation to drug cultivation increased by two last year compared to the previous 12 months it was revealed this week. There were 12 detections of drug cultivation in 2015 compared to 10 in 2014 the Chief Superintendent of the Mayo Division, Pat Diskin told the elected members of Mayo County Council this week. He also told the members that the number of simple possession detections had dropped from 109 in 2014 to 105 in 2015.
Speaking about the issue of drugs in the county Chief Supt Diskin said that, “In the main cannabis herb and resin are the two main drugs to be found in the Mayo division, price wise it’s €7 per gram of resin and €20 per gram of herb. Ketamine and cocaine about €70 per gram.” He continued saying that “you don’t see there hero, I say this very, very cautiously because heroin is a completely different animal, you’re talking about €200 per gram for heroin, we’ve had one detection for that one individual, that person would have had a significant amount of drugs on their person and that person is no longer in the country.”
Going on to talk about seizures of drugs made by gardai in Mayo, Chief Supt Diskin said that, “Where are the drugs coming from, from Dublin, Galway and Sligo. This year we’ve seizsed €16,000 worth of cannabis herb and in fact in recent days we would have seized drugs, a significant amount of cash and a number of fire arms as a result of a operation that took place in Castlebar last week. In 2015 we had cannabis plants to the value of €89,000 seized and we also had cannabis herb to the value of €47,000 seized.”