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Nine houses searched as police stage ‘day of proactive action’ against illegal drugs supply

A vehicle and an individual were also searched during the operation which covered the Armagh, Lurgan, Portadown, Craigavon and Banbridge areas

Officers getting a briefing before the search operation.

Nine houses were searched during what police have described as a “dedicated day of proactive action against the supply of illegal drugs” in thw ABC Borough.

Officers from across different teams within PSNI worked together on the operation today (Thursday).

In all, nine houses were searched, there was one stop and search of an individual and one vehicle searched across the Lurgan, Portadown, Armagh, Craigavon and Banbridge areas.

A number of items were seized during these searches, with a quantity of suspected Class A, B and C drugs “taken off our streets”, according to Neighbourhood Inspector for Portadown, Adam Ruston.

“Today’s activity was an opportunity for us, as police officers and staff, to focus on our strengths,” he said.

“By working together across our departments we were able to highlight our everyday work to disrupt crime, take drugs off our streets and keep our communities safer.”

Two men, aged 48 and 53, were issued community resolution notices in relation to these seizures and a man will also be reported to the PPS for motoring and drug offences.

Inspector Ruston added: “Police are committed to tackling the scourge of drugs in our communities, and we will continue to proactively investigate and carry out searches linked to the drugs trade and identify those involved in this illegal activity.

“We have seen how the sale, supply and consumption of illegal drugs ruins lives, can devastate families and communities. The criminals involved don’t care about the wider impact their drug dealing will have on the wider community and public services. All they care about is lining their own pockets.

“We are determined to disrupt their criminal activity and anyone involved in the drugs trade. Anyone tempted to become involved in illegal drugs should be under no illusion; we will seek to identify them, arrest them and place them before the courts.

“We urge anyone with information about suspected drug dealing in our area to call us on 101, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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