THREE ARRESTED OVER £65,000 DRUG BUST IN NORTH BELFAST

Drugs seized in Ballycastle Court by police during planned raid

TWO men and a woman have been arrested and suspected Class B drugs with an estimated street value of around £65,000 recovered during a planned drug bust.

It follows a proactive policing operation by officers from PSNI’s Organised Crime Unit the this morning (Friday 12th April).

Detective Chief Inspector Brian Foster said: “Shortly after 9:00am, officers stopped a white VW Tiguan vehicle at the Ballycastle Court area of north Belfast.

“A search was carried out of the vehicle and a quantity of suspected herbal cannabis with an estimated street value of around £40,000 was recovered.

“Two men, both aged 39 years old were arrested on suspicion of possession of suspected of Class B drugs and possession of Class B drugs with intent to supply.

“A subsequent search of a nearby property was conducted and a quantity of suspected cannabis resin with an estimated street value of around £25,000 was recovered.

“A 36 year old woman was arrested on suspicion of possession of Class B drugs and possession of Class B drugs with intent to supply.

“All three are currently in police custody assisting with our enquiries.

“This proactive operation has resulted in a large quantity of suspected drugs being taken off our streets, where they would have caused destruction across local communities.

“We know that drugs can ruin lives and line the pockets of organised criminals and we are determined to disrupt these criminal gangs.

“We are committed to making Northern Ireland a hostile environment for those in our community who are involved in the drugs trade, or anyone tempted to become involved should be under no illusion – we will seek to identify them and place them before the courts.

“I would appeal to anyone who has any information to call police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 262 12/4/19.

“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.”

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