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Police strike 'significant blow' with seizure of drugs worth over £200,000

Police in Londonderry have seized more than £200,000 worth of suspected illegal drugs.

Two women, aged 45 and 36, have been arrested on suspicion of a number of drug offences and remain in custody at Strand Road police station.

Police have described the operation as a "significant blow" to the drug operation in the north west area.

On Tuesday police carried out planned searches at two houses in the Glens area of Limavady, where a quantity of a suspected Class C drugs were discovered along with mobile phones and cash.

A short time after this, police intercepted a Honda Civic at Clooney Road, Campsie as part of a planned operation and arrested the two women.

Five blocks of suspected cocaine with a potential street value of £75,000 were discovered by officers in the car.

In a follow-up search in the Roemill area of Limavady police uncovered £120,000 worth of suspected amphetamines, £3,500 worth of suspected cannabis resin and suspected heroin with an estimated value of £2,000.

Detective Inspector Tom McClure of PSNI’s Organised Crime Unit said: "This operation has struck a significant blow to a drugs distribution network operating in the Limavady and wider north west area.

"The removal of these illegal and dangerous drugs from circulation has undoubtedly prevented real harm in our communities and will have potentially saved lives.

"Those who involve themselves in the trafficking, supply and sale of any illegal substance should be under no illusion as to the commitment and determination of PSNI officers to identify, pursue and arrest anyone suspected of involvement in this criminality and see them convicted for their crimes."

He urged anyone with information about the illegal supply of drugs to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, or alternatively to anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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