Police seize £6,000 in drugs

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Derry police seized more than £6,000 in illegal drugs in recent months, it’s been revealed.

Neighbourhood officers from City North and City West have been busy responding to information provided directly by the community. And they have reported “growing success” in the special operation which was initially launched in the city last August.

PSNI Neighbourhood Inspector Trevor McKeown explained: “Operation Silent Guardian began very simply as a leaflet drop to householders asking them for information about drugs in their area and providing contact details for the neighbourhood teams. Sometimes the information we receive relates to smaller seizures but we firmly believe that every report is important and where there is enough information we will take action.”

He added: “Removing illegal substances from our streets makes our neighbourhoods safer.””

The chairman of the Derry District Partnership, Councillor Thomas Conway, last night welcomed the PSNI report. Colr Conway described the seizures as significant and encouraged the public to continue to assist the police in their fight against drugs in the community. “Its imperative that the community get behind the neighbourhood police to get drugs off our streets. We all want a better future for our children and for our families to live in communities that are safe and drug free.

“I am delighted at the success of this operation and hope that the communities in the Foyle area will continue to provide information that will help the police deal with this issue,” he added.

Police are continuing to urge anyone with information on illegal drugs to come forward. Inspector McKeown added: “You will find details about the neighbourhood team in your area on the PSNI website or you can ring 0845 600 8000 and ask to speak to a neighbourhood officer.”