Drugs worth almost £83k were seized in the PSNI’s southern area during their recent Operation Torus, it has been revealed.
Out of almost 200 people arrested, 179 were charged or reported to the Public Prosecution Service.
The operation ran from September 1 to October 16 and led to 322 searches and 199 arrests.
Drugs seized included Cocaine, Heroin, Cannabis Resin, Herbal Cannabis, Cannabis Plants, Ecstasy, Tramadol, and Diazepam.
Chief Superintendent Alywin Barton said: “There is no denying that communities are safer for having these drugs taken off the streets and we are grateful to the public for their ongoing support – I have no doubt that information we have received directly from local people has resulted in some of these seizures.
“Drug addiction and abuse can affect anyone and we recognise that many vulnerable people are being exploited for the financial gain of those higher up the supply chain.
“We know that criminal gangs are using drugs to pressurise others to commit crimes.
“We know that people feel they can’t come forward and speak out.
“However, this recent operation demonstrates that we will act on the information you give us and that we are committed to ridding our communities of drugs and drug dealers.
“We can always do better but only with your help. If you have any information about drug dealing in your community then please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or your local police on the non-emergency number 101.”
South area covers the following districts - Lisburn and Castlereagh, North Down and Ards, Newry, Mourne & Down, Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon, Mid Ulster and Fermanagh & Omagh.