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PSNI officer injured as she is dragged by car in £10k drug seizure operation

A police officer has been injured after she was dragged by a car during a pursuit when it failed to stop.

A black Volkswagen Passat failed to stop for police in the Kiltyclogher Road area of Cookstown at around 1.30pm on Monday March14.

As the car sped off, a bag found to contain a large quantity of cannabis, was thrown from the vehicle.

Police pursued the Passat into the Dungannon area where a police officer was injured as she tried to approach the vehicle on foot on the Circular Road.

The officer was briefly dragged by the car, sustaining an injury to her arm.

The vehicle was later spotted by police on the M1 motorway.

It was reported that the occupants had abandoned the car at the Moira roundabout after flagging down a passing van. The trio then forced the van driver to take them to the Crumlin area.

Two men age 27 and a man aged 28 were arrested in Crumlin and the seized cannabis is worth an estimated £10,000.

Officers from the District Support Team along with Local Policing Team officers from both Cookstown and Dungannon were involved in both the initial pursuit and subsequent arrest of the men.

They were supported by colleagues in the PSNI helicopter.

Inspector Gavin Sterling said: “The suspects, who are aged 27, 27 and 28, remain in custody assisting us with our enquiries.

"The Passat has now been seized for examination along with the bag thrown from the car. At this time we would estimate the drugs the bag contained, namely cannabis, to have a street value of around £10,000.

"The female officer injured in Dungannon received medical treatment and was back on duty this morning.”

Anyone with information that could assist the police investigation into this matter is asked to contact Detectives in Reactive and Organised Crime, Cookstown by calling 101.

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