Arrests follow Magherafelt drugs seizure

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TWO men were arrested in connection with a drugs seizure in Magherafelt. They were detained following a police operation in the Highfield Road area of the town on Saturday evening.

A follow-up serach was also carried out in a house in the Mullaghboy Heights area.

A sum of cash, a car and a quantity of suspected class A and B drugs, estimated at approximately £45,000 in value, were seized from the searches.

The two men were both arrested on suspicion of possession of class A & B drugs and possession with intent to supply. They are currently assisting police with their enquiries.

A 15 year old boy was also arrested in connection with the seizure but was released on bail to return for police interview later this week.

Local councillor, Deborah Ní Shiadhail said: “It’s great to see the sale and distribution of these drugs to the Magherafelt area stopped and the cash found, and that which would have been raised through the sales, taken away from criminal elements.”

DUP Councillor Paul Mclean has welcomed what he described as “the good work of the PSNI” in seizing the drugs.

“This will bring great relieve to many parents who have constantly been advising that this type of behaviour was ripe within certain parts of our town,” he said.

“Whilst we have so often in the past been quick to criticise the PSNI for little or no action to certain things, this indeed is a time they need to be congratulated for their diligence and hard work.

“I would encourage the public to be vigilant and report any such suspicious behaviour to the PSNI so that this scourge can be removed form our society.”

DUP Mid Ulster MLA Ian McCrea also welcomed the drugs seizure.

“I want to commend the Police in Magherafelt for their action in removing approximately £40k worth of Cannabis and £30k of cash from the streets of Magherafelt,” he said.

“Having discussed the issue of drugs throughout Mid Ulster on a number of occasions with the police I am delighted to see that the police have made a successful seizure.

“There is no question about the fact that Mid Ulster has its problems with drugs, it is no worse than anywhere else. As a society we must come forward to the police with information about who these drug dealers are and where they are dealing to help them tackle what is a scourge on our society.”