Belfast Telegraph

PSNI launch month-long crackdown on street-level drug dealers

The PSNI has launched the next stage of Operation Torus, an anti-drug dealing initiative aimed at tackling street-level dealers.

As part of the operation Police have called on members of the public to come forward with information about drugs being sold in their areas.

A previous round of the operation held between February and March of this year saw £793,000 worth of illegal drugs seized, 389 searches carried out, 92 arrests made and 74 people reported to the Public Prosecution Service.

The next round of this police crackdown will run from Monday September 4 until October 1.

Speaking about the operation, Detective Chief Inspector David Henderson said: "This is ongoing proof that our commitment to acting upon information provided by communities pays off. We could not carry out the job we do without the help of communities. We continue to encourage anyone with information regarding drugs to come forward and help us reduce the threat of dangerous and illegal drugs on the streets."

"Street-level drug dealing is happening across all districts throughout Northern Ireland, causing hurt and harm to communities. Police will continue to target drug dealers and those in the supply chain in Northern Ireland to try and remove this scourge on society.

Figures show that in the past year there has been a slight increase in the number of drug seizures, with 5,717 in the period from 1 August 2016 up to 31 July 2017 - up from 5,533 for the same period in the year before.

Despite the increase in the number of drug seizures, there was a slight drop in the number of drug-related arrests - going from 2,815 for the 2015/2016 period to 2,773 over the past year.

Anyone who becomes aware of drug dealing in their area is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101 or to anonymously contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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