45 people have been arrested over the last two days for involvement in the sale and supply of heroin and crack cocaine in Dublin's city centre.

The arrests follow a six month covert operation which has dismantled one of the city's principal drug distribution networks.

Suspects at all levels of this large and organised network of heroin and crack cocaine supply chain have been arrested and charged.

Over 150 charges have already been made against those arrested as part of the investigation into drug trafficking in Dublin's city centre.

Speaking earlier today Assistant Garda Commissioner Michael Feehan with responsibility for the Dublin Metropolitan Region said,
'the Garda Síochána is committed to tackling the supply of drugs at all levels in keeping with our commitment to the National Drug Strategy.

He continued, 'this latest operation to target drug suppliers across the Dublin region has seen local garda drug units supported by the Garda National Drug Unit ensure a co-coordinated and effective approach to protecting our communities, individuals and their families from the harm and pain caused by drug use.

Michael Feehan said 'by working with other agencies and utilising innovative approaches we will continue to play our part in maintaining a safe community for everyone'