Concern as drugs found close to two town schools

An SDLP councillor has voiced concern after drugs were discovered close to two schools in Lurgan’s Francis Street.

Cllr Declan McAlinden said it was ‘disturbing’ that the drugs had been found around lunchtime close to St Paul’s Secondary School and St Francis’ Primary School.

A bag of herbal cannabis was seized by the PSNI after a 19 year old man was stopped and searched at 1.52pm on September 3.

The man was cautioned, interviewed and reported to the PPS.

Mr McAlinden said drugs were a big epidemic in the community and warned parents to be very vigilant.

“It is very disturbing to find that drugs were discovered outside two schools.”

In a separate incident a 29 year old man was arrested after he was seen with a large number of tablets on September 5 in Church Place, the PSNI has said.

“The male made off down Church Walk and a number of tablets fell to the ground. Police retrieved the tablets from the ground and the male was arrested a short time later on Church Walk for possession of Class C drugs and possession of Class C drugs with intent to supply. 180 tablets were seized in Church Walk and a further 400 were seized after the male was arrested. The 29 year old was later released on bail,” said the PSNI.