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Tip-offs helped PSNI recover £21m

Criminal stashes worth over £21 million have been seized with the help of tip-offs from informants last year.

More than 900 suspects were arrested as a result of the intelligence-led operations.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) detailed the drugs, cigarettes, cash and cars recovered in the past 12 months days after it emerged that the service spent £405,000 running agents during the same period.

The £21.7 million haul consisted of £17.4 million worth of drugs, £3.5 million of other goods including contraband cigarettes, vehicles to the value of £459,000 and £350,000 in cash.

Assistant Chief Constable Drew Harris said the seizures and subsequent arrests proved the worth of intelligence.

"By any yardstick this is an outstanding achievement," he said.

"My officers are using intelligence to make a substantial impact on serious, organised and volume crime.

"The outcome is that communities are safer and criminals do not profit from crime.

"Last week it was disclosed that the service had spent £405,000 on intelligence sources last year. Today's figures demonstrate the value for money achieved by our strategy and the positive impact which properly managed intelligence is delivering for our communities."

The intelligence stats were released as Chief Constable Matt Baggott outlined wider police performance figures for the last year.


From Belfast Telegraph