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Police dog Jasper sniffs out quantity of cocaine and cannabis

With the help of some canine assistance, police in Newry have seized a stash of Class A and Class B drugs.

Officers from Newry's District Support Team South Down Neighbourhood Police along with officers from the Tactical Support Group and Criminal Investigations Branch based in Ardmore carried out the searches at properties in the Churchview Close, Slieveshan Park and Hillside Drive areas of Kilkeel on Friday afternoon.

With the help of police dog Jasper, officers uncovered a quantity of cocaine and cannabis along with other items including mobile phones.

Speaking about the incident, Inspector Nigel Henry said: "These searches and drugs seizures today are another example of our commitment to policing the threat posed by drugs in Northern Ireland and, in particular, street level drug dealing here in the Kilkeel area.

"Those who are engaged in this illicit trade, either in dealing or supplying drugs, should be left in no doubt there is no hiding place for them to peddle their ill-gotten gains, and we will continue to carry out intelligence-led and proactive operations like this one."

Anyone with information about the supply or use of illegal drugs can contact police on the non-emergency number 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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