29/07/2019

Man Charged As £6.5K Drugs Seized

A man has been charged with a series of drugs offences after £6,500 of suspected cannabis was seized in north Lurgan and Banbridge.

Proactive searches were carried out on Saturday 27 July as part of an ongoing investigation into organised crime.

A number of items have been seized including £7,000 and an offensive weapon.

A 41-year-old man was detained at the Lurgan address on suspicion of a range of offences. He is charged with possessing criminal property, possessing a class B controlled drug, possessing a class B controlled drug with intent to supply and being concerned in the supply of a class B drug.

He is due to appear before Craigavon Magistrates' Court later this month.
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Detective Inspector Barry Hamilton said: "We are committed to making Northern Ireland a hostile environment to those within our local community involved in drug dealing. We will continue to work hard to identify them, arrest them and bring them before the courts.

"This operation took place at the same time as officers were dealing with an attempt to murder our colleagues a short distance away. This is testament to the dedication of the officers who serve Northern Ireland and who will not be deterred from coming to work every day to help keep people safe.

"I would encourage anyone with information about the sale and supply of illegal drugs to get in touch with police. Community intelligence is key in enabling us to gather an accurate picture of what is happening in our local communities and to focus our resources on the areas and issues people are concerned about."

Local police can be contacted on 101 or online via the online reporting form on the PSNI website.



(JG/CM)

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