Tuesday, 4 March 2014
POLICE have uncovered a cannabis factory and seized a quantity of drugs following searches in Newry and Kilkeel.
As part of Operation Torus, targeting street level drug dealing, officers conducted searches at a number of houses in the district.
Five grammes of herbal cannabis, three grammes of cannabis resin and four grammes of cocaine were seized along with paraphernalia linked to the distribution of drugs.
As part of the operation, police arrested a 32-year-old on suspicion of possession of a Class B controlled drug, possession of a Class A drug, possession of a Class B controlled drug with intent to supply and possession of a Class A controlled drug with intent to supply. He is currently assisting police with their enquiries.
The arrests follows a search at residential premises in the First Avenue area of Newry on Friday afternoon, where a quantity of suspected drugs were seized.
E District Crime Manager, Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Wright, said: "Tackling drugs has always been a priority for us in E District and Op Torus allows us to concentrate our resources and focus more interest on this area of crime.
“Op Torus was launched on Tuesday, February 24, and already officers from E District's Tactical Crime Team have uncovered a cannabis factory in Portadown and seized a quantity of drugs in Kilkeel.
“Over the coming weeks we will continue to disrupt and arrest drug dealers involved in the sale and supply of drugs and work to bring individuals before the courts. We are asking everyone for their support and co-operation in tackling this problem through the criminal justice system.
“To any young person or adult who is tempted to experiment with mind altering substance - legal or illegal - you can never be sure of exactly what you are taking or what side effects or long term damage it could cause. Don't put yourself in danger - stop and think about what one moment of recklessness might mean.
“Our message today is clear and simple: if you see or know of anyone who is dealing drugs in your local area, then please contact us on 0845 600 8000 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 and pass on any details that you may have."
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