A confidential telephone line giving callers the chance to pass on information about drug-dealing in their area has been launched as a pilot project by the Blanchardstown Local Drugs Task Force in the west of Dublin. The calls will be taken by a British call centre and all information will be passed on to the gardai. However, the Dial to Stop Drug Dealing line will not require callers to identify themselves, nor will calls be traced or phone numbers recorded. Coordinator of the task force, Joe Doyle, said that the freephone scheme did not intend to replace direct contact with the gardai but rather give people the option of anonymity to encourage reporting drug-dealers. The pilot project will run till 13 June. The number to dial is freephone 1800 940 320. The service is operative 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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