Operation Torus nets over £440K of drugs in north west

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Hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of drugs have been seized in the north west in recent weeks, police have said.

The PSNI’s northern wide Operation Torus, a street-level drug dealing initiative, has recovered more than £1million in drugs since its launch on August 20.

In the PSNI’s G District which covers Derry, Strabane, Limavady and Magherafelt there were 246 searches, 135 arrests and £445,400 worth of drugs seized.. The seizures and searches have involved officers from neighbourhood, crime and the specialist dog handling units.

G District Crime Manager, Detective Chief Inspector Garry Eaton said, “Although Operation Torus has come to an end, drugs remain a policing priority and our drugs operations will continue. We are determined to disrupt and arrest those involved in the sale and supply of drugs, bring individuals before the courts and work with communities and partner agencies to reduce the threat of harmful and illegal activity.”

“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. The information we receive can lead to seizures, arrest and convictions which means less drugs on our streets.

The suspected drugs found during the searches have included cannabis, herbal cannabis, cocaine, mephedrone and prescription drugs.

To speak to the police about drugs please ring 0845 600 8000 or alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 and pass on any details that you may have.