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Police intercept £400,000 of ‘legal highs’ destined for Co Armagh

A 35-year-old man was arrested when he returned to the property

Police have intercepted an estimated £400,000 worth of a new psychoactive substance destined for a house in Co Armagh.

Detectives in England seized the 20kg drum of so-called ‘legal highs’ before it was to be shipped to a property with an address in Portadown.

The drug, labelled as almond powder, was halted by Border Force in England.

As a result, the destination property in Portadown was searched on Tuesday morning.

Nobody was at home at the time of the initial raid, however, a 35-year-old man was arrested when he returned to the property during the search.

He was taken to Banbridge police station for questioning.

Barrels of an unknown substance and a respirator were found in the garage of the house, which meant the operation was suspended on health grounds, while a specialist came to assess the property.


Detective Inspector Peter Mullan said: “This particular seizure was very significant. It was 20kilos which would have a street value of £400,000. The implications of this coming off the street is huge. People won’t be taking it and people will be a lot safer because of it.

“For ourselves, it would be one of the biggest seizures of the new psych0-active substances that the PSNI has ever had.”

Watch the raid on UTV here.


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