Detectives investigating illegal drugs activity in North Antrim have carried out a number of planned searches and arrested 5 people in the Coleraine area today.
Detective Inspector Blemmings said: “Today, three men aged 30, 23 and 21 and two woman aged 46 and 17 were arrested on suspicion of a number of drugs offences. Several items were seized at five of the properties and have been taken away for further examination. All those arrested are currently in police custody.
“These arrests and seizures demonstrate our commitment to policing the threat posed by drugs. Public safety is our first priority and today, we have removed dangerous drugs from the streets and prevented harm to people within our community.
“We are doing everything possible to proactively tackle the issue of illegal drugs.
At the same time, we are working hard to make people aware of the real dangers posed to their health if they take illegal or controlled drugs. “We would appeal to the public to speak to us on 101 if they have any concerns or information regarding drugs in their area. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”
Councillor William McCandless said “Earlier this week I commented to Causeway Coast Community that some children in Coleraine as young as ten had been apprehended by the police drinking alcohol.
As frightening as this is the scourge of the drug dealers who sell illegal drugs to our children are evil people who prey upon our children. Illegal drugs aren’t good for anyone but they are particularly bad for a teenager whose body is still growing. Illegal drugs can damage the brain, heart and other important organs, cocaine for instance can cause a heart attack.
Drugs affect children’s performance in school, sport and other activities.
We need to continually highlight the dangers of drugs to our children. It may make them feel that they are escaping their problems but drugs don’t solve problems, they make matters worse and once you become addicted it’s hard to stop.
There is also the danger of taking tabs of ecstasy from a bad batch or high strength which can lead to death.
That is why I give the highest praise to members of the PSNI who arrested five people today after searches in the N. Antrim and Coleraine area.
Several items were seized and all those arrested are in police custody.
Well done for keeping our streets safe from drug dealers. Drug dealers don’t care who they harm.”