Police burn cannabis, speed and ecstasy to send message to drug dealers
Police have burnt thousands of pounds worth of illegal drugs in a bid to send a message to drug dealers.
The cannabis resin, herbal cannabis, ‘skunk’ cocaine speed and ecstasy that have been seized by police in Lisburn and Castlereagh in the last six months, will be burnt in an incinerator.
The stashes included ‘9 bars’ of cannabis resin -the thick brown blocks you see in these pictures.
Police said these are broken up into ‘deals’ of various sizes by criminals who try to get at least £350 out of each block. There are around 20 ready to be destroyed.
They also destroyed herbal/bud cannabis or ‘Skunk’ – the green substance that resembles dried lawnmower cuttings and said that criminals try to get at least £15 for one gram.
Wraps of cocaine and amphetamine, worth between £15 and £40 per gram, were also destroyed.
The photographs also show a large cabinet full of plastic bags, which contain suspected drugs seized recently. They are being stored to be forensically tested.
In a post on Facebook, a police officer said: “Drug dealers don’t care and this how they make their money. Except in this district – because we have seized their drugs. Officers from the District Support Team, Local Policing Team and Neighbourhood Policing Team all played their part along with specialist detectives from Reactive and Organised Crime Branch. And now we are going to burn every last gram in an industrial incinerator, over and over again until it literally turns into nothing. No smoke. Not even vapour. Try selling that Mr and Mrs Drug Dealer.”
Lisburn and Castlereagh PSNI District Support Team Inspector Mark Robinson added: “While you are all at work, at home, at school or college, we are busy fighting these criminals. Searching out their stash and seizing it, testing it, making arrests and charging people. Putting them through the criminal justice system. All this to keep people safe.
“In the financial year April 15 to end of January 16 police in this district arrested 189 people (35 more than last year) charged 91 people with drugs offences (16 more than last year) and made 410 seizures (86 more than last year). We are keeping the pressure up.
“If you know anything about drug dealing where you live, phone us on 101 and tell us. If you want to pass the information without giving your personal details you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
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