Police op nets £11k drugs haul
POLICE in D District have been cracking down on street-level drug dealing as part of the Northern Ireland wide operation, Operation Torus.
Op Torus aims to tackle drug dealing at street level across Northern Ireland by combining police action against drug dealers on the ground with a media campaign designed to encourage local people to report drug dealing in their area.
Since operational activity began on August 20 drugs worth an estimated £11,300 have been seized by local officers during 184 searches throughout Antrim, Carrickfergus, Lisburn and Newtownabbey.
Thirty people have also been arrested for a range of drugs offences.
D District Crime Manager, Detective Chief Inspector Colin Gillis, said: “We know that street-level drug dealing is a quality of life issue that concerns many local people and tackling it is a police priority.
“Drugs bring misery to individuals, families and communities and as a police service we are working extremely hard to disrupt drug dealing, identify those involved in the sale and supply of drugs in this District, arrest them and put them before the courts.
“As part of Op Torus local officers have taken large quantities of illegal drugs like cannabis, cocaine, mephadrone and prescription drugs off our streets during a series of successful searches. This activity will continue as we work towards permanently removing the threat these harmful drugs pose.”
DCI Gillis added that it was vital that the community lend their support.
“We need local residents to support us and be our eyes and ears on the street. If you know something about drug dealing or a drug dealer do not be afraid to pass that information onto us,” DCI Gillis said.
He added: “Parents can help too by ensuring their children know the dangers and the consequences of drug taking. Young people taking illegal drugs can find themselves in dangerous situations or could end up doing things they would not normally dream of. Drug use can also lead to a criminal record which can have long term implications for employment and even travel prospects.
“My message is clear and simple: if you see or know of anyone who is dealing drugs in your local area, then pick up the phone and contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team on 0845 600 8000 or if you would prefer to give your information without leaving your name you contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
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