Belfast Telegraph

£1m worth of drugs seized by police in past week

By David Young

Herbal cannabis worth an estimated £300,000 was seized by police yesterday - bring the total amount of drugs seized by the PSNI since Monday to more than £1m.

Since the start of February, the PSNI has arrested 96 suspects, made 122 drug seizures, charged 18 people and reported 23 others to the Public Prosecution Service.

Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris told the Policing Board yesterday: "I am immensely proud of the sheer scope and scale of what all my colleagues are delivering to keep people safe."

Operation Torus, aimed at tackling street level drug dealing, will continue until the middle of this month.

Yesterday detectives recovered the herbal cannabis after they swooped on commercial premises in Newtownabbey. One man aged 30 was arrested and taken to a Belfast police station for questioning.

Detective Inspector Sean Taylor said: "Officers have also searched properties in Randalstown and Ballymena and our enquiries continue. This is the latest in a series of unrelated drugs seizures this week, which brings the total value recovered since Monday to more than £1m.

"We are aware of the threat posed by illegal drugs and are determined to use every opportunity to take these substances off the streets and bring anyone involved in their sale, supply or distribution before the courts."

Around £750,000 worth of cannabis and amphetamines were seized in a lorry on the M2 on Monday and from premises in Lisburn on Tuesday.

A 39-year-old man has been charged in relation to this.

Police also seized £60,000 of high purity cocaine in Belfast city centre on Monday.

And in the Portadown, Lurgan and Craigavon areas, eight suspects were charged earlier this week after a series of searches linked to the supply of heroin in Northern Ireland.

This brings the total number of individuals charged as part of the operation against heroin dealing to 17.

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