Arrests in Dromore Street drug raid

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As part of Operation Torus, a campaign to tackle street level drug dealing, police in Banbridge have recovered a quantity of suspect cocaine and diazepam.

Officers carried out a search of a flat in Dromore Street on Tuesday, September 22.

A quantity of suspected cocaine, 50 suspected Diazepam tablets and four mobile phones were seized.

Two men, aged 33 and 35 years old were arrested for possession of Class A and C drugs and possession of Class A and C drugs with intent to supply.

Both were released on bail pending further enquiries.

Chief Inspector Davy Beck said: “We are committed to disrupting and arresting those involved in the sale and supply of drugs with the help of local communities.

“I would like to thank the community for their ongoing support and encourage anyone with information about illegal drugs to contact us. If you tell us, we will act on it.”

Operation Torus is an initiative which the Police Service runs twice a year.

Detective Superintendent Andrea McMullan, from Reactive and Organised Crime Branch, said: “Over the past number of years, we have recorded considerable success with Operation Torus.

In the most recent phase of the initiative between February and April this year we seized £1.46 million worth of illegal drugs.

“This latest phase is further proof that drugs remain a priority because of the devastating impact they have on individuals and communities.

“For us to be as successful as possible, we need the help of local communities to remove this illegal activity from our streets. That is why we run Operation Torus, because it empowers local people to come forward with information about drugs in their area.”

Latest overall figures show that from September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015 there were 5,025 drug seizures across Northern Ireland and 2,944 drugs related arrests. Figures for the same period the previous year showed 4,894 drug seizures and 2,774 arrests.

Chief Inspector Beck added: “Our message is clear: if you see or know of anyone who is dealing drugs in your local area, contact your local police or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”