Written answers

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Department of Justice and Equality

Garda Operations

Photo of Tommy BroughanTommy Broughan (Dublin North East, Labour)
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To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will report on Garda Operation Vacuum; the amount of drugs seized to date; the number of persons arrested and charged to date; the number of successful convictions obtained to date; if this operation is still active; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57448/12]

Photo of Alan ShatterAlan Shatter (Dublin South, Fine Gael)
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I am informed by the Garda authorities that 'Operation Vacuum' was the policing operational name given to an investigation into the cultivation of cannabis.

This operation led to the seizure of approximately 655 cannabis plants and 2 kilograms of cannabis with an approximate street value at that time of €300,000.

I am further informed that four persons arrested and charged with offences relating to the investigation were all subsequently convicted in the Dublin Circuit Court.

This operation is not active at this time.


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