Police seize £87k of cannabis, cocaine, heroin and prescription drugs

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Sunday, December 22nd, 2019

Police have seized more than £87,000 of drugs during a two-week focus on street-level drug dealing.

As part of Operation Season’s Greetings, police officers in South Area, which includes Newry, Mourne and Down, actively targeted those involved in street-level drug dealing during the first two weeks of December.

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During the operation, police made 84 seizures of drugs and arrested 45 people.



Drugs seized included cannabis, cocaine, heroin and prescription drugs.

Speaking to Newry Times, Chief Superintendent Ryan Henderson said, “We have made communities in South Area safer by removing these drugs from our streets.

“The figures are reflective of the work that goes on daily by our police officers who tackle the threat and harm of illegal drug activity throughout the year.



“In the run-up to Christmas we wanted to send a clear message that there is no space for illegal drug activity in our communities.

“This message is equally relevant throughout the whole year and our community should rest assured that tackling the illegal sale and use of drugs remains a priority for us.

He continued, “We recognise that these figures represent the human devastation that drug misuse can have on a person’s life and the lives of their families and friends and we are committed to working with our partner agencies to find long-lasting solutions to tackle this complex and pervasive issue.



“Local communities also have their part to play and information about what is happening in your neighbourhood is instrumental in helping us to target our resources and identify offenders.

“We will continue to proactively target illegal drug activity and bring offenders before the courts to make our communities safer.

“You can help by sharing information about illegal drug activity in your neighbourhood with us. You can contact us by phoning 101.



Chief Superintendent Ryan Henderson added, “You can also provide information to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”


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