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Derry police officers take part in multi-million pound pharmaceutical bust

Officers from Northern Ireland have taken part in a drug bust that seized several million pounds worth of pharmaceutical products in Manchester.

Officers from the Derry City and Strabane District Support Team worked alongside officers from Greater Manchester Police as part of an operation to tackle the unlawful sale of medicine and controlled drugs online.

Six men were arrested on suspicion of supplying Class C drugs, and remain in police custody.

Speaking about the raids, PSNI Chief Inspector Alan Hutton said: "We have spent the past few months working with Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) and GMP in identifying where the public are able to get hold of these controlled drugs, and uncovering who is responsible. 

"From this investigation, it is clear that this is a comprehensive operation, with genuine pharmaceuticals being unlawfully removed from the supply chain in the UK and then sold, illegally, online.

"While arrests have been made in Greater Manchester today, we are continuing with our investigations and are committed to finding those who facilitate the supply of illegal substances across Derry City and Strabane Policing District and indeed across Northern Ireland."

The investigation was led by the MHRA - an executive agency of the UK's Department of Health - which has a responsibility for ensuring the safety of medicines and medical devices in the UK.

In May officers from the Derry City and Strabane District Support Teams carried out a joint operation with South Wales Police over the supply of prescription drugs Xanax and Daizepam in Northern Ireland.

A 27-year-old man was arrested in Swansea.

Any member of the public with information about the supply of illegal drugs is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, or to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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