Alarm after drugs bag is found

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A member of the public contacted the Journal yesterday after finding bags containing suspected illegal drugs lying on a city street.

The man discovered the near-empty bags, which contained white powder thought to be cocaine, in the Argyle Street area of the city at the weekend.

Speaking to the Journal, the man who did not want to be named, said: “I was shocked at seeing this stuff just lying in the street.

“I would like to warn local people in the Rosemount area that this sort of thing is going on and to be very careful about picking up any similar packages.

“It could have been tossed away from a passing car or by someone walking through the area.”

Sinn Féin Councillor, Eric McGinley, said the find was worrying.

“It’s worrying that drug taking paraphernalia has been found in the area and I would urge local parents to warn their children about the dangers about touching or lifting objects in the street.

“I would urge anyone who finds anything similar to contact the PSNI.”

A spokesperson for the PSNI said drugs remain a priority for police in Derry.

“We will continue to disrupt the sale and supply of drugs.

“We know that street-level drug dealing is happening in our district and we need the help and support of local communities to remove this activity from our streets.

“If you know that illegal drugs are being sold or distributed in your area, please pick up the phone and contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team. Information is vital and we need assistance from the public.”

To speak to the police about drugs please ring 0845 600 8000 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.