Local police seize more than £330,000 of drugs during Operation Torus

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Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Local police have seized more than £330,000 of drugs over three weeks as part of Operation Torus, a street level drug dealing initiative. During the operation, which ran from Tuesday, 25th February until Sunday, 16th March, 108 house searches and 95 arrests were made within E district, which incorporates Newry and Mourne. The suspected drugs found during the searches have included cannabis, herbal cannabis, cocaine, mephedrone and prescription drugs. Officers also recovered more than £33,000 and 40,000 Euro in cash. The seizures and searches involved officers from Neighbourhood, Response and Crime. 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 90 searches during the three week operation 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 police in E District about drugs please ring the new non-emergency number 101 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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