£750k-worth of cocaine and mixing agent seized in Portadown

The PSNI seizure
The PSNI seizure

The PSNI said on Thursday night that a drug haul worth around three-quarters of a million pounds had been uncovered in the Portadown area, as well as as processing equipment.

Detectives from Reactive and Organised Crime Branch seized 4.5 kilos of cocaine (just under 10lb) along with 10 kilos of benzocaine (about 22lb) which police said can be “used as a mixing agent to increase the amount of cocaine available for sale”.

Two vehicles and five properties were searched in Portadown and Craigavon on Wednesday afternoon, and four people were arrested, revealed police on Thursday night.

At time of writing, two men in their 30s are in custody, while a woman – aged 26 – was released pending a report to the PPS.

A 34-year old man was released on bail pending further enquiries.

The officer leading the investigation, Detective Inspector Alan Pyper said: “We believe we have taken a substantial quantity of cocaine out of circulation and removed a significant amount of drugs manufacturing equipment including a cocaine press and blenders.

“Our enquiries are continuing, as does our commitment to taking drugs off the streets and putting those involved in this activity before the courts. I would encourage anyone with information about illegal drugs activity to contact police. We will act on your information.”