3,000 ecstasy tablets seized

Minister for Drugs Strategy meeting in Athlone tonight  Gardai seized 3,000 ecstasy tablets in a raid on a premises in the Boyle area on Tuesday. One man has been arrested as investigations into the discovery continue. The drugs found are said to have a street value of between €30,000 and €60,000.    The raid followed the discovery of a cannabis processing factory in the Castlerea area over the weekend. Gardai charged a man on Tuesday in connection with the discovery. Over 500 plants were discovered and the value of the plants seized is said to be between €50,000 and €75,000.    Gardai say that they discovered the factory in a rented property and that the plants were in different stages of growth. Gardai described the find as being ‘significant’. Garda investigations are ongoing.   Meanwhile members of the public in Roscommon and the larger Athlone area will have an opportunity to have their opinions heard on what Ireland’s new National Drugs Strategy should include at a public consultation meeting in the Hodson Bay Hotel, tonight (Thursday, April 24th). The meeting will be attended by Mr Pat Carey TD, Minister of State with Responsibility for Drugs Strategy, and is scheduled to commence at 7 pm. Deputy Michael Finneran said, ‘This is a good opportunity for the people of Roscommon and Athlone to make their views known on how they think the problem of drugs can be tackled in our communities.’ He added: ‘No community is unaffected by the scourge of illegal drugs. The abuse of drugs continues to ruin family lives and tear communities apart. Minister Carey established a Steering Group to develop proposals for a new National Drugs Strategy and this will detail how the Government will approach the problem of illegal drug misuse. ‘I would like to encourage members of the public to attend this meeting and to voice their suggestions on what actions the Government should now take in the National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016,’ concluded Deputy Finneran.