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MLA hails drugs fight

There have been drug seizures amounting to a street value of £384,897 during the last year in North Down.

That is according to Ulster Unionist MLA Leslie Cree who was highlighting some of the recent successes of the PSNI as they seek to gain the upper hand in the fight against drugs on the streets.

The member of the Policing Board said: “The PSNI have had a number of recent successful drug seizures throughout Northern Ireland.

“This includes some high profile investigations such as a joint operation which took place in England and Northern Ireland, where £1m of drugs were seized in February of this year.

“This came after various searches in Kilkeel, Belfast, Lisburn, Hillsborough and Lurgan,” he said.

“As well as this, £500,000 worth of class A and class B drugs were seized in Portstewart on October 15.

“Detectives from the Organised Crime Branch also seized an estimated £1 million worth of cannabis on October 21 in Belfast.”

Mr Cree said of the North Down seizures: “This is a huge amount of illegal substances which has been taken off the streets in North Down.

“The number of seizures by the PSNI throughout the country is testament to the skill and ability within the organisation and they must be commended for their success,” the MLA added.

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