POLICE have seized drugs worth almost half a million pounds in two weeks sine the start of its latest initiative Operation Torus aimed at street level drug dealing.
The seizures worth an estimated £456,205, have taken place across Northern Ireland and have involved officers from neighbourhood, crime and the specialist dog handling units.
Since the operation began on August 20, police have conducted 2,148 searches and have arrested 352 people.
Assistant Chief Constable for Crime Operations Drew Harris, has renewed an appeal to the public for information about illegal drugs being sold or distributed.
“Drug dealing is an issue of concern for all communities and tackling the supply, distribution and sale of illegal drugs is a policing priority,” he said.
“We will continue in our robust efforts 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.”
The drugs found during the searches have included cannabis, herbal cannabis, cocaine, mephadrone and prescription drugs.
In addition to the figures generated to date by Operation Torus, from 1 April – 31 August 2012 Organised Crime Branch have seized £11,173,200 worth of drugs as part of strategic operations against Organised Crime Gangs.
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.