Police investigating illegal drugs carry out searches in Eglinton

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Police investigating the seizure of herbal cannabis and cocaine worth £160,000 in Belfast have carried out further searches near Derry.

A search was carried out in the Eglinton area and mobile phones were seized.

A photograph taken by police after the discovery of herbal cannabis and cocaine with an estimated street value of �160,000 in Belfast.

A photograph taken by police after the discovery of herbal cannabis and cocaine with an estimated street value of �160,000 in Belfast.

An Garda Siochana searched two houses in Co. Donegal and have seized a further amount of suspected herbal cannabis with an estimated value of £20,000, a quantity of cash and drug paraphernalia.

The searches are thought to be linked to the discovery of herbal cannabis and cocaine with an estimated street value of £160,000 in Duncrue Street in Belfast on Wednesday.

Two men aged 28 and 31 were both arrested on suspicion of possession of class A and B drugs, possession of class A and B drugs with intent to supply and being concerned in the supply of class A and B drugs.

Both men currently remain in custody.

Detective Inspector Tom McClure of PSNI’s Reactive and Organised Crime Branch said: “I believe that this intervention has struck a blow to the activities of an organised gang involved in serious drug criminality.

“The PSNI is committed to making Northern Ireland a hostile environment for those in our community who are involved in serious drug crimes. We will seek to identify them, arrest them and place them before the courts.

“Anyone with any information about drugs or any illegal activity should contact police on the non-emergency number 101 or information can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”