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Drug dealers blamed for two deaths every week told they have nowhere to hide in Northern Ireland

BY CHRIS KILPATRICK

Drug dealers blamed for two deaths every week have been told they have nowhere to hide in Northern Ireland.

Justice Minister David Ford issued the warning against those pedalling illicit lethal substances after recent seizures by police of drugs with a street value totalling more than £750,000.

The haul included £150,000 of Class B drugs in Londonderry, £150,000 of cannabis in Ballymena and £450,000 of herbal cannabis in east Belfast.

To date, there have been five arrests in relation to the seizures and one person has already appeared in court.

Mr Ford, who is also chairman of the Organised Crime Task Force, said: "These are especially welcome successes – particularly in the same week as the police reveal that there have been more then 900 drug-related deaths in Northern Ireland in the past decade."

Mr Ford said the support of local communities was vital to bring drug dealers to justice.

He also praised recent clampdowns on so-called legal highs.

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