Police have carried out over 45 house searches as part of an initiative to tackle street-level drug dealing.
Operation Torus launched this week across Northern Ireland and aims to tackle street-level drug dealing.
Operation Torus combines a media campaign designed to encourage people to report drug dealing with police action against drug dealers on the ground.
The media campaign, which incorporates billboards, Facebook and washroom advertising, will run for the next two weeks across Northern Ireland.
In the D District policing area - which covers Lisburn, Antrim, Newtownabbey and Carrickfergus - a number of Op Torus activities have taken place in recent weeks and the advertising campaign will cover the same area.
Indeed, since operational activity began on September 23, over 45 houses and 159 people have been searched by officers throughout D District which has resulted in 27 people being arrested on suspicion of drugs offences.
Speaking about the initiative, Superintendent Michele Larmour, Deputy District Commander across D District, said: “We know that street-level drug dealing is happening across all areas, so we need the continued help and support of local communities to remove this activity from our streets.
“The types of drugs seized during the operation so far have included suspected cannabis, herbal cannabis, cocaine, mephadrone and prescription drugs.
“Drugs bring misery to individuals, families and communities. I want to warn people to be mindful of the dangers of taking illegal drugs or misusing prescription medication or other chemical products.
“Parents need to be responsible, knowing where their children are and what they are doing. Young people who take illegal drugs may get into dangerous situations or activities that they would not normally dream of doing.
“It may also lead to a criminal record which can damage employment and travel prospects. In addition, this type of behaviour has the potential to seriously affect the quality of life for many residents in a community.
“We will continue to disrupt and arrest drug dealers involved in the sale and supply of drugs, bring individuals before the courts and work with communities and partner agencies to reduce the threat of harmful and illegal activity. We are asking everyone for their support and co-operation in tackling this problem through the criminal justice system.
“Our message today is clear and simple: if you see or know of anyone who is dealing drugs in your local area, then contact your local police on 0845 600 8000 or alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 and pass on any details that you may have.
“This is about empowering and working with local communities to make their neighbourhoods safer, reducing the threat posed by street-level drugs and dealing with offenders robustly through the criminal justice system.”