£450k of cannabis seized in police raid

Published Monday, 24 February 2014
Comments
Toggle font size
Print

Herbal cannabis estimated to be worth around £450,000 has been seized by police in east Belfast after a planned raid on a house.

£450k of cannabis seized in police raid
No arrests were made. (© Presseye)

The Organised Crime Branch search took place on Monday in the Hollycroft Avenue area of the city.

No arrests were made, police have confirmed.

Detective Inspector Andy Dunlop from Organised Crime Branch said: "This seizure further reinforces our determination to remove controlled drugs from the streets of Northern Ireland.

"The potential harm to the public caused by drugs is an issue that the PSNI take seriously. We will continue to work in conjunction with partner agencies to ensure the closure of all supply routes and to bring to justice those involved in trafficking drugs at all levels."

Policing Board member and East Belfast MLA Robin Newton has welcomed the discovery, but said drugs dealing is a growing problem in the area.

The DUP man went on: "Those who flog illegal drugs to our young people have no concerns for their health and wellbeing; their only interest is in getting rich. Youngsters who end up as addicts or suffer mental health problems are never the concern of these dealers in death.

"The illegal drugs problems in east Belfast are well known and are growing in difficulty.

"The PSNI need the support of the community if we are to put the drug dealers out of business. I am appealing to anyone who can help the police in this matter to do so."

Police asked anyone with information on drugs dealing to come forward.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
1 Comments
Phil in Belfast wrote (247 days ago):
Detective Inspector Andy Dunlop from Organised Crime Branch said: "This seizure further reinforces our determination to remove controlled drugs from the streets of Northern Ireland. 1) Controlled drugs? What does that mean exactly ? Prohibition ensures there is no control, the Inspectors logic is flawed. "The potential harm to the public caused by drugs is an issue that the PSNI take seriously. We will continue to work in conjunction with partner agencies to ensure the closure of all supply routes and to bring to justice those involved in trafficking drugs at all levels." 2) Prohibition and lack of 'control' ensures any dangers associated with psychoactive substances are greatly increased. Policing Board member and East Belfast MLA Robin Newton has welcomed the discovery, but said drugs dealing is a growing problem in the area. The DUP man went on: "Those who flog illegal drugs to our young people have no concerns for their health and wellbeing;" 3) Funny, I'd say the same thing about those in our community's that continue to support prohibition. Obviously anyone that gifts the market to organised criminals has no concern for the safety of people who have made the concious choice to experiment with psychoactive substances. The bottom line is that people have taken various substances since the beginning of man (well over 4500 years) and will continue until the end of man. is it not better to minimise the risks involved?
POST A COMMENT:
Name:  
Email address*:    
Location:  
Validation:
House Rules:  
Your Comment:  
[All comments are moderated and will not appear immediately. Your name, location and comment will be displayed on this page if your post passes moderation.]
MOST POPULAR GALLERIES
Lynda Bellingham: 1948-2014
Mon 20 October 2014
The X Factor: Judges
Fri 03 October 2014
NI v Greece
Tue 14 October 2014