A report issued earlier today shows drug crime to be on the rise in county Meath

Some 112 people were convicted of drugs offences in Louth and Meath in the first ten months of this year.

According to new figures from the Courts Service, 14 people in Louth and 13 in Meath were found guilty of the possession of drugs for sale and supply between January and October.

This represents an increase of four on the number of people found guilty of the same crime in the entire of 2019, despite a slowdown in court activity this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The rest of this year’s 85 convictions in the two counties relate to the lesser offence of unlawful possession of drugs.

Nationally, over 3,100 people were convicted of drugs offences in the first ten months of this year with 589 (or 19%) of the convictions occurring in Dublin.

However, many regional areas across the country also recorded a large number of convictions including 330 in Portlaoise, 92 in Carlow, 66 in Ennis, 48 in Mullingar and 44 in Cavan.

The latest figures come after Gardaí announced yesterday that people caught with cannabis for personal use can now be dealt with under the adult caution system, removing the threat of a criminal record for those who commit relatively minor offences.