PSNI ‘Operation Torus’ seizes over £135,000 of illegal drugs

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Thursday, October 18th, 2012
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Police in E District, encompassing Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon and Newry and Mourne, have seized more than £135,000 of drugs over the last eight weeks as part of Operation Torus, a street level drug dealing initiative. The suspected drugs found during the searches included cannabis, herbal cannabis, cocaine, mephedrone and prescription drugs. During the operation, which ran from Monday 20th August until Friday 12th October, 714 searches and 48 arrests were made within the district. The seizures and searches involved officers from neighbourhood, response and crime. Operation Torus was supported by a media campaign incorporating billboards, Facebook and washroom advertising, which was designed to encourage people to report drug dealing to police, who will then use this information to take appropriate action against drug dealers. Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Wright, E District Crime Manager, said: “Operation Torus has allowed us to remove a substantial quantity of drugs from circulation and we will continue to target those who are involved in the sale and supply of illegal drugs. “We conducted more than 700 searches during the past eight weeks which demonstrates how insidious the problem of drugs is. We will continue to work with communities and partner agencies to educate our young people about the dangers of drugs and address the underlying problems as well as tackle the crime.” He added, “We would again ask for the support of the public and encourage anyone with concerns or information to contact us.” To speak to the police about drugs please ring 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.
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