POLICE in Craigavon have launched a major crack down on street-level drug dealing in the district.
Operation Torus began last month and since then police have conducted 400 searches in the area resulting in 34 arrests.
The province-wide campaign is designed to encourage people to report drug dealing and police aim to be very active on the ground taking action against dealers.
Speaking about the initiative Assistant Chief Constable for Crime Operations Drew Harris said: “We know that street-level drug dealing is happening across all districts throughout Northern Ireland and we need the help and support of local communities to remove this activity from our streets.
“These types of drugs seized during the operation have included cannabis, herbal cannabis, cocaine, mephadrone and prescription drugs,” he said.
“Drugs bring misery to individuals, families and communities. I would warn people to be mindful of the dangers of taking illegal drugs or misusing prescription medication or other chemical products.
“Parents need to be responsible, knowing where their children are and what they are doing. Young people who take illegal drugs may get into dangerous situations or activities that they would not normally dream of doing. It may also lead to a criminal record which can damage employment and travel prospects.
“In addition, this type of behaviour has the potential to seriously affect the quality of life for many residents in a community.
“The Police Service of Northern Ireland will continue to disrupt and arrest drug dealers involved in the sale and supply of drugs, bring individuals before the courts and work with communities and partner agencies to reduce the threat of harmful and illegal activity.
“We would ask everyone for their support and cooperation in tackling this problem through the criminal justice system
“Our message today is clear and simple: if you see or know of anyone who is dealing drugs in your local area, then contact your local police on 0845 600 8000 or alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 and pass on any details you may have.”