Drug gangs operate in all major town in Kerry

Drugs gangs are operating in all of the major towns of Kerry according to Chief Superintendent Willy Keane. Despite some recent successes in the area of detection and prosecution he says there is always a replacement waiting in the wings because of the huge profits involved. The Chief Superintendent says enforcement alone will not eradicate the problem and there must be education. Kerry has a dedicated drugs unit made up of an Inspector, a Sergeant and four Gardai and they target gangs and their leaders dealing in the area.Chief Superintendent Keane has described their work as a constant battle but says Kerry is no better or no worse than any other county in the country. He says parents have to take responsibility for their children’s actions and if they suspect they are involved in drugs they can be dealt with through a juvenile diversion programme. This programme tries to deal with first offences outside of the courts process. He said while the drugs trade in Kerry is organised there is no evidence to suggest any subversive involvement at the moment.