There has been a major increase in Dublin drug seizures in the past 12 months

Drug seizures in Dublin's north-east inner city have spiked by 160% in less than a year.

Representatives for Gardaí have been updating councillors at a Joint Policing Committee.

Seizures so far this year have been worth almost €880,000, up from just over €338,000 in 2016.

Chief Superintendant Sean Ward, from Store Street Garda Station, said: "That is because we are targetting mid-range drug dealers, so that's why you saw a reduction in the numbers of personal use etc.

"So there was a lot of work gone into getting mid-range drug dealers.

"Most of it is also down to cocaine, there is a significant increase in the use of cocaine."

A cocaine seizure in March this year.

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