Arrests made after suspected illicit drug making facility found in Newtownabbey

Four people have been arrested on suspicion of a number of offences and a suspected illicit drug making facility has been uncovered following a number of searches in Belfast and Newtownabbey.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “Just before 4pm on Tuesday (December 1), officers from the Belfast District Support Team observed a male acting suspiciously in the Graymount Park area of Newtownabbey.

“The 43-year-old was subsequently arrested regarding outstanding bench warrants.

“As officers carried out further enquiries, they located and arrested a 45-year-old male in the Castlereagh Street area of Belfast on suspicion of a number of drugs offences, after uncovering a quantity of suspected drugs and drugs paraphernalia.

Police uncovered a suspected illicit drug making facility.

“During the follow-up search of a residential property in the Graymount Park area of Newtownabbey, a suspected drug manufacturing facility was discovered.

“A number of items, including suspected Class A drugs together with quantities of various chemicals and other drugs paraphernalia have been taken away for further forensic examination.

“A 34-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of a number of drugs offences.”

The police spokesperson added: “As officers left the area, they observed a vehicle with a number of males acting suspiciously parked on the Shore Road.

“A 23-year-old male was then arrested on suspicion of a number of offences.

“Each of the people arrested are helping with ongoing enquiries.

“If you have information that could assist our efforts in taking drugs off the streets, call 101, or submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/

“The independent charity Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org

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