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Come Here to Me

Donal Fallon, Sam McGrath and Ciaran Murray
New Island

Come Here To Me



1972 was another year of firsts when it came to drug use in the capital. In March, the police used a trained dog in a drugs case for the first time. Mack, the Drug Squad dog, found two small packages of cannabis in a flat in Dun Laoghaire. The year also saw the first major raid on a college when in June six people were questioned, two being charged, after the drugs squad raided the Junior Common Room in Trinity College and found a 'fairly substantial' amount of LSD.

In November, the first substantial raid took place on a house party. More than 50 people were ques­tioned after a raid, in which cannabis and other drugs were found, at a party in a private house in Ranelagh. November 1972 also saw the biggest drugs raid until that time when 36 police led a bust on the Yeoman Inn on South King Street that saw a hundred people being searched, of whom 34 were arrested and 21 charged. The raid, which took place at 9 p.m. on a Saturday night, came about after detectives had kept the prem­ises under surveillance day and night for 14 days. It was believed by both the police and the public that the pub was a popular place to both score and take illegal drugs.

Cannabis, marijuana and LSD were found littered on the ground, dropped by punters when they realised what was going on, while drugs were also found hid­den in the toilets, behind piping or wooden beams and in dustbins. The narcotics detectives told journalists that after the 'lightning crackdown' they expected the drugs scene in the city would be 'become very quiet'.