Seized Money Donated To Drugs Charity

Over £4,000 seized in a Northern Ireland drug probe has been donated to a local addiction charity.

Action on Substances through Community Engagement & Related Training (ASCERT) provides intervention services to those impacted by alcohol and drug related issues in Northern Ireland. The £4,510 will go towards some of the 4,000 local individuals and families supported by the charity each year.

The money was seized during a police probe into the activities of a drug dealer, however it will now be put towards positive actions by the charity after a subsequent court case found it was subject to a disposal of cash order.
News Image
Speaking of the donation, Detective Inspector Pete Mullan of the PSNI's Organised Crime Branch said: "We are delighted this money is going to a good cause and will serve ASCERT well in their continuing work to tackle the blight of drugs and alcohol misuse in our community.

"This money has been taken from a convicted drug dealer who did not care about the misery he caused to those he preyed upon. It is therefore fitting that it will now be used to benefit those in most need."

CEO of ASCERT, Gary McMichael welcomed the donation, saying: "The impact of substance misuse can be devastating for the people using drugs and also those around them in their family or community. It is vital that there are services like ours available to provide help when people need it and we will use this funding to help us reach even more people in need and to address the impact of drugs on our communities."


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

15 August 2002
Substantial drugs haul in Londonderry
A woman has been arrested in County Londonderry after police uncovered a substantial drugs haul in a car last night Police stopped and searched the vehicle close to the Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry at around 10.30pm.
20 June 2019
Man Jailed For Drugs Offences
A Newtownabbey man has been handed a custodial sentence for a series of drugs offences following police raids as part of a paramilitary probe. 49-year-old William Axon will serve two years imprisonment, half in custody and half on licence.
09 April 2002
Charity calls for introduction of arthritis drugs
A local health charity is calling on the Health Minister Bairbre de Brún to introduce new arthritis drugs to the NHS in Northern Ireland. Arthritis Care Northern Ireland has been lobbying the minister for the past year to find the funds for the drugs which could dramatically change the lives of people suffering from severe rheumatoid arthritis.
14 November 2002
One in four of NI's secondary pupils have tried drugs
A report published today by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety has revealed that one-in-three secondary school pupils reported having been offered drugs and one in four had tried or used an illicit drug on at least one occasion.
05 September 2012
Belfast Girl Back In Saddle To Raise Charity Money
A Belfast girl has got back in the saddle after 15 years to raise funds for NI Cancer Fund for Children (NICFC). Grand Opera House employee Claire Donnelly has conquered her fear and got back on a bike after 15 years to help launch a sponsored cycle from Newcastle to Belfast on September 9.