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Three men arrested after Armagh house raid uncovers £640,000 of drugs

Drugs find Newry Road, Armagh
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Three men have been arrested after the discovery of drugs worth an estimated street value of £640,000 during a raid at a property in Armagh this afternoon (Thursday).

Detectives from Organised Crime Branch made the seizure during a planned operation in the Newry Road area of the city.

Suspected herbal cannabis and drug-related paraphernalia was also seized.

Two men aged 44, and a third man aged 42 were arrested on suspicion of a number of drug-related offences, including possession of a Class B controlled drug and possession of a Class B controlled drug with intent to supply.

All three men remain in custody assisting police with their inquiries.

Detective Inspector Barry Hamilton said: “These arrests and seizures are further evidence of our ongoing commitment to removing and disrupting the illegal supply of drugs in Northern Ireland.

“We know that drugs can ruin lives and line the pockets of organised criminals, and we are determined to disrupt these criminal gangs.

“We are committed to making Northern Ireland a hostile environment for those in our community who are involved in the drugs trade and anyone involved in the drugs trade, or anyone tempted to become involved should be under no illusion – we will seek to identify them, arrest them and place them before the courts.

“I would appeal to anyone who has any information to call police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 969 of 23/05/19.”

Commenting on the drugs raid Alderman Gareth Wilson said: “This is both an excellent operation by PSNI and also a very shocking illustration of just how much of a grip illegal drugs have on our society.

“It is deeply concerning and should worry everyone as to the detrimental effects illegal drug use is having on users in this Borough and across the country.

“As has been pointed out by Police this is organised crime and the sale of such materials only funds further organised crime and that knock-on affect has far reaching and seriously negative consequences.”

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