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£75k east Belfast drugs find: Man charged after Belmont Road search

Published 17/05/2016

Belmont road drugs: Two men are currently being questioned at a police station in Belfast
Belmont road drugs: Two men are currently being questioned at a police station in Belfast

Police have seized a quantity of drugs, estimated to be worth in excess of £75,000, following the search of a property in the Belmont Road area of east Belfast.

The search took place in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Sergeant Michael Barton said: "A 21-year-old man and a 31-year-old man were arrested following the discovery of a small amount of drugs after police stopped a vehicle on the Castlereagh Road late yesterday evening.

"Police then carried out searches of two properties in the early hours of this morning and found a significant amount of suspected class A and B drugs estimated to be in excess of £75,000."

Both of the men are currently being questioned at a police station in Belfast.

Sergeant Barton added: "Police are determined to remove illegal drugs from circulation and will act on any information which is provided to us.

"We are asking everyone for their support and co-operation in tackling this problem through the criminal justice system. Our message today is clear and simple: if you see or know of anyone who is dealing drugs in your local area, then contact your local police on 101.

"Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 and pass on any details that you may have."

The 31-year-old man has been charged with possession of a class A controlled drug, possession of a class A controlled drug with intent to supply, possession of a class B controlled drug and possession of a class B controlled drug with intent to supply. He is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

As is normal procedure, all charges are reviewed by the PPS.

The 21-year-old man has since been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

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