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Police seize £2.7m of drugs in three weeks across Northern Ireland

By Staff Reporter

Published 03/10/2016

Police also conducted 297 searches across Northern Ireland resulting in 75 arrests, and have charged or reported 19 people to the Public Prosecution Service
Police also conducted 297 searches across Northern Ireland resulting in 75 arrests, and have charged or reported 19 people to the Public Prosecution Service

The PSNI has seized £2.7m worth of drugs in first three weeks of an operation against the deadly trade at street level.

Police also conducted 297 searches across Northern Ireland resulting in 75 arrests, and have charged or reported 19 people to the Public Prosecution Service.

Operation Torus started on September 5 and will run until October 16.

Announcing the preliminary figures, Detective Chief Superintendent Andrea McMullan said: "In the first three weeks of Operation Torus we have had significant success in the number of searches, seizures and arrests linked to street level drug dealers across Northern Ireland.

"Drugs remain a policing priority, due to the detrimental effects they can cause to individuals and communities.

"Latest overall figures show that from August 2015 to August 2016 there have been 5,308 drugs seizures across Northern Ireland and 2,797 drugs-related arrests.

"Seizures are slightly up (0.2%) while arrests are down (-5.2%) for the same period the previous year.

"The seizure of £2,760,832 worth of drugs over the past three weeks is ongoing proof that our commitment to acting upon information provided by communities has paid off. We could not carry out the job we do without the help of communities."

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