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03/10/2016

Over £2.7m Worth Of Drugs Seized In First Three Weeks Of Operation Torus

Police have seized over £2.7 million worth of drugs in the first three weeks of Operation Torus.

PSNI carried out 297 searches which resulted in 75 arrests and 19 people were also reported or charged to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) since the operation started on Monday, 05 September. It will run until Sunday, 16 October.
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Detective Chief Superintendent Andrea McMullan, Head of Reactive and Organised Crime Branch, said: "Latest overall figures show that from August 2015 to August 2016 there have been 5,308 drugs seizures across Northern Ireland and 2,797 drugs related arrests. Seizures are slightly up (0.2%) while arrests are down (-5.2%) for the same period the previous year.

"The seizure of £2,760,832 worth of drugs over the past three weeks is ongoing proof that our commitment to acting upon information provided by communities has paid 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.

"If you know of anyone who is dealing drugs in your local area, then contact local police on the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 and pass on any information you may have."

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