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Cocaine mixing agent with 'possible £6m street value' seized in north Belfast

A chemical which when mixed with cocaine could have a potential street value of £6m has been seized during searches in north Belfast.

Cannabis plants with a value of around £18,000 were also seized.

The searches took place on Thursday morning in the Oldpark area of the city.

A 32-year-old man was arrested following the operation on suspicion of a number of offences related to the possession and supply of illegal drugs.

The PSNI's Organised Crime Branch uncovered a large quantity of suspected benzocaine along with other drug paraphernalia during three planned searches in the area.

Benzocaine is a dental anaesthetic which is commonly mixed with cocaine.

Detective Inspector Pete Mullan said: "If mixed with cocaine this seizure has a potential street value of £6 million. This seizure demonstrates our ongoing commitment to removing drugs from our communities and the harm and misery they bring with them.

“Illegal drugs not only destroy individuals and communities, they directly fund the lifestyles of organised criminals. We are committed to tackling the issue of drugs and I would appeal to the public to speak to us if they have any concerns or information regarding drugs in their communities.

"I would ask anyone who is aware of any individual involved in the supply of drugs to contact their local police on 101."

The public can also contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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