Police have seized £1.46 million worth of illegal drugs in a campaign with Policing and Community Safety Partnerships and Crimestoppers to tackle street-level drugs and drug dealing across Northern Ireland.
The Belfast Policing and Community Safety Partnership’s ‘Drug Dealers Don’t Care, Do You?’ media campaign was launched in Belfast on 9 February but also ran in other PCSP areas. It included television and radio advertising as well as online and outdoor media material.
The enforcement results for the campaign period 9 February – 9 April are:
• £1.46 million drugs seized;
• £44,000 cash seized;
• 1,823 searches;
• 704 seizures;
• 357 arrests.
Across the Ballymena, Ballymoney, Coleraine, Larne and Ballycastle areas police had a considerable impact on drug dealers. The enforcement results were;
· 75 arrests of drug suspects;
· 259 searches in connection with drug use and supply;
· 42 individual drug seizures.
Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray said the operation locally reflected the priority that police and the community place on tackling drugs.
“Operation Torus was aimed at detecting and deterring street-level drugs dealing. We listen to communities and understand the concern that drug misuse and supply creates.
“The policing operation also included a public information element. We received a flow of relevant and useful information from the community, which helped us to make arrests and take drugs off our streets.
“Police work hard to carry out searches and arrests, with an aim to put people before the courts. This is the only legitimate and effective way to tackle drug dealers and criminality to ensure that we keep people safe.
“While Operation Torus was a specific operation in a specific timeframe, we carry out drugs operations week in and week out.
“Local police have a particular focus on drugs issues, supported by our other policing resources.
“We will continue to work with the community to tackle drugs. This is a partnership that works to take drugs off our streets and put dealers before the courts.”