He said that the ministry of the interior should step up vigilance around the schools in the Balearics, even though he claimed that the number of small dealers was not alarming and was much lower than in cities such as Madrid and Barcelona. Sastre welcomed the central government's decision to put 3'000 national police and Guardia Civil officers on duty around schools all over Spain, in a nationwide campaign which starts this week. But, he claimed, there was a shortage of officers to carry out the plan in an effective manner and warned that the Ministry of the Interior is acting without co-ordination. Sastre said that drug trafficking among students usually occurs at weekends.. Normally, it is not at the school gates, the students leave school and go around the bars, he claimed.
The new campaign is to fight against drug trafficking on a small scale, particularly the sale of drugs to students.
The scheme will run for at least two years, and the officers will make quarterly reports.
The ministry is drawing up a map showing the danger areas, which it will update, and use for special operations.
Ramon Socias, the central government representative in the Balearics, was in Madrid yesterday, together with counterparts from the rest of Spain, for a meeting to finalise details. This included the number of officers which each region will assign to the fight against drug trafficking in schools.
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