Drugs seized in sex shop raids
Illegal drugs worth £25,000 have been seized from sex shops in Belfast.
More than 5,000 tablets were recovered after police and health officials raided several adult shops in the city centre.
A significant quantity of erectile dysfunction pills discovered to be on open sale was also seized.
Peter Moore, of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety Northern Ireland, said illegal prescription medication could put lives at risk.
He said: "If you buy a medicine from unregulated high street sources like these, you very well may be receiving a product that is unlicensed, fake or could react adversely with any other medication you take.
"My advice to the public is that they should speak to their GP or pharmacist who can advise them on the best treatment for their condition. Only healthcare professionals can take into account risks and benefits associated with every medicine."
The searches were part of a major crackdown on the high street sale of illicit and unlicensed sex drugs.
Professor Mike Mawhinney, head of the medicines regulatory group, vowed to keep up the pressure on illegal suppliers.
He said: "The department has made it very clear that it will continue to be vigilant and proactive in the regulation of medicines in Northern Ireland and these seizures show our determination to stop this kind of illegal activity."