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Eight charged over Portadown heroin dealing

Published 01/03/2016

Police have been investigating drug dealing in the Co Armagh town.
Police have been investigating drug dealing in the Co Armagh town.

Eight people have been charged with a range of offences in relation to drug dealing in Portadown.

Seven men, aged between 29 and 52 and a 22-year-old woman are to appear in court on Tuesday morning.

As is normal procedure all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

Detective Inspector Keith Gawley said: “These arrests and charges are part of a wider operation into the supply of heroin which has been running for some months.

"During this operation nine previous searches were conducted in the Craigavon and Dungannon areas. Sixteen people have previously been arrested (14 men and two women) with nine people charged and seven released pending report to the PPS.

“The operation has been conducted in partnership with district officers and demonstrates our commitment to tackling the sale and use of illegal drugs in the longer term.”

Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District Commander, Superintendent Davy Moore added: “Officers from Reactive and Organised Crime worked closely with officers from District and TSG during this operation.

"Removing drugs from our streets is a priority for us in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon and we will continue to work with the community to identify drug dealing and use and do our utmost to stamp it out.

“I would like to thank the community for their ongoing support and encourage anyone who has concerns or information about drugs to contact us on 101.”

A 45-year-old man also arrested as part of the operation has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

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