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£1.35m worth of drugs seized in street dealing crackdown

Published 22/12/2015

Operation Torus is a twice-annual initiative aimed at disrupting the activities of a number of organised crime gangs
Operation Torus is a twice-annual initiative aimed at disrupting the activities of a number of organised crime gangs

Drugs worth an estimated £1.35 million were seized during a two-month police crackdown on street level dealing.

Some 532 arrests were made and 1,166 searches carried out during Operation Torus which ran from September 7 to October 31.

A total of 44 suspects were charged with a further 74 reported to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS).

Detective Superintendent Andrea McMullan, from the Police Service of Northern Ireland reactive and organised crime branch, said tackling the scourge of drugs was a policing priority.

She said: "To have taken £1.35 million worth of drugs off the streets is further evidence of our commitment to acting on information provided by communities to reduce the harm posed by dangerous and illegal drugs."

Operation Torus is a twice-annual initiative aimed at disrupting the activities of a number of organised crime gangs believed to be peddling highly addictive and potentially lethal substances such as heroin and cocaine throughout Belfast and beyond.

Police also issued discretionary disposals to 59 people, cautioned 24 others and dealt with 81 individuals by way of warrants or bail.

According to the latest police figures, there have been 5,156 drugs seizures across Northern Ireland and 2,938 drugs related arrests during the past 12 months. This is a slight increase of over 5% compared with the same period the previous year.

DS McMullan said also praised members of the public who co-operated with the PSNI during Op Torus.

She added: "We asked communities for their help and support to remove this illegal activity from our streets and we are grateful for all the assistance and information we received.

"In many instances we acknowledged this co-operation and the resulting seizures through our social media platforms, engaging directly with communities."

Anyone with information about drug dealing is asked to contact police on 101.

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