Ahern congratulates Drugs Joint Task Force on latest major seizure

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr. Dermot Ahern T.D., today congratulated the Drugs Joint Task Force on another successful operation which resulted in a major seizure of cocaine off the Irish coastline.

The Minister has spoken with Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy and expressed the appreciation of the Government for the great work being done to tackle the supply of drugs into Ireland.

The operation was a coordinated effort by An Garda Síochána, the Customs Service, and the Naval Service working in conjunction with our European partners at the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre (Narcotics) in Lisbon. 

Ireland was a founding member of the Lisbon Centre in 2007 and Garda and Customs Liaison Officers are based at the centre. Of the seven founding members, Ireland was the first to ratify the International Agreement establishing the centre which is focussing on the cocaine routes to Europe from South America. 

The Minister said "Earlier this week I opened an organised crime policing seminar in Northern Ireland where the theme was success through partnership. Today we have another practical and successful example of different agencies working closely together, sharing intelligence and achieving a fantastic result".

6 November 2008