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Man arrested and £25k drugs seized after police chase

Drugs seized by police. Credit: PSNI
Drugs seized by police. Credit: PSNI

A 29-year-old man has been arrested after police seized £25k worth of drugs in east Belfast on Sunday.

The man has been arrested on suspicion of drugs supply offences following a proactive policing operation by the Belfast District Support Team.

At around 5:30pm on Sunday, police officers were on patrol in the Castlereagh Road area of east Belfast and had stopped to speak to a member of the public.

As they spoke, they noticed a male acting suspiciously nearby. As they approached the male, he dropped a sports bag he had been carrying and made off from police.

Police recovered the sports bag and after a brief chase on foot, thanks to help from a passer-by, the male was located hiding behind a hedge at a nearby property. 

On inspection, a quantity of suspected class A and B drugs including herbal cannabis, with an estimated street value of around £25,000 were found inside the sports bag and seized.

In a follow-up search of a nearby property, smaller amounts of suspected drugs and drugs paraphilia were recovered.

The male was arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A and B drugs and possession of Class A and B drugs with intent to supply. He has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Inspector Sayers appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

“I would appeal to anyone who knows anything about illegal drugs or drug dealing in their area to contact local police on the non-emergency number 101," he said.

"Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

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