Massive push in drugs war

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Police have written to hundreds of householders in Limavady in a major operation aimed at netting information from the public about drugs activity in the town.

Police have written to hundreds of householders in Limavady in a major operation aimed at netting information from the public about drugs activity in the town.

The Limavady Crime Team sent letters to residents living in Anderson Park and Edenmore Park earlier this year relating to drug use in those areas, asking for anyone with information to come forward. The letters, written on police headed notepaper, provided contact numbers for people to ring with information. More recently, residents in Enagh Park received a letter highlighting the issue of drugs supply in the area.

However, just one member of the public called police as a result, according to Area Commander, Chief Inspector Sam Donaldson.

“To date there has been very little information coming back to the team from people living in those areas. However, we will continue to write to residents encouraging them to get in touch. We can only act on the information we receive.

“We know that residents are concerned about this issue because they often mention it to their local representatives. However we need them to take that next step and contact police,” said a PSNI spokesperson.

Drug seizures in the town are down almost 50 per cent for the period April-September 2011 compared to the same period last year. There were 54 last year compared to 29 this year. Right now, the main drug being seized in Limavady is cannabis.

“The most significant drugs seizure this year to date is the 19 bars of cannabis seized on Sunday 6th November 2011, valued at approximately £25,000,” said Chief Insp. Donaldson, warning police haven’t taken their eye off the ball.

“Whilst seizures may be down, we are effectively dismantling and disrupting crime gangs as evidenced by the fact that one of our most prolific dealers is currently waiting trial in two separate cases and may be looking at a lengthy prison sentence.

“The police in Limavady know drugs is a concern for the community and we are focused on having no drugs in the community, but we need the help of the community to lock up drug dealers.”