The mayor of Limavady has revealed how drugs, suspected mephedrone, were handed over to him by a Dungiven man concerned his loved one was in “grave danger”, writes Sheena Jackson.
The white powder, contained in a small clear plastic bag, was handed over to Sinn Féin councillor, Sean McGlinchey who contacted police in Limavady and handed them over on Friday. Police suspect the “very small amount” of powder - roughly one gramme - is the former legal high, mephedrone, which is now illegal.
“This person, a family member of someone they believe is addicted to drugs, approached me with a package of drugs, so concerned that they brought the drugs to me to dispose of as they were afraid that their family member was in grave danger,” he told the ‘Journal’.
“Drugs are tearing our society apart, whether it is through addiction and even those who deal drugs find themselves victims as they find themselves in prison or victims of so called vigilante groups.
“I would call on those who are dealing in this trade to stop immediately and look at the damage that they are causing with their own community.
“I am also calling for a mechanism to be put in place where people can dispose of illegal drugs without fear of prosecution, said Mayor McGlinchey.
He said details of an awareness event about drugs to be organised in Dungiven will be announced shortly.