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Police seize £1.25million worth of drugs at Larne Port


The Police Service of Northern Ireland has revealed £1.25million worth of drugs has been taken off the streets in just one operation, yesterday evening.

Working as part of the multi-agency Organised Crime Task Force, Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Organised Crime Unit, the local policing team and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), conducted this operation in Larne Port on Friday evening, 17 December.



Stopping a lorry in the Larne Harbour area just after 7pm yesterday evening, a large quantity of class A and class B controlled drugs were seized from the vehicle.


The seizure consisted of thirty kilos of herbal cannabis, seven kilos of cocaine and five kilos of ketamine, with a combined street value of approximately £1.25 million.


A 59 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A and Class B controlled drugs with intent to supply. He remains in police custody at this time.


This proactive operation was conducted as part of the Police’s ongoing successful activity under ‘Operation Dealbreaker’ to take drugs off the streets of Northern Ireland.



Detective Inspector Conor Sweeney said:


“The criminals involved in the supply of drugs in Northern Ireland make money from the misery they inflict on the most vulnerable members of our society and they must be stopped. We are pleased that our proactive efforts have once again made a huge dent in potential profits from this trade.


“Our Organised Crime Unit, alongside our partner agencies, remains determined to halt the flow of such drugs into Northern Ireland and to dismantle the organised criminal groups responsible.


“Last week saw the conviction of a HGV driver in relation to a previous similar large scale attempt to smuggle drugs through Belfast Port. It may seem like a quick and easy way to make money, but anyone who is asked to get involved in this type of activity should stop and think about the devastating impact it could have on themselves, their families and the wider communities.”



The Police Service of Northern Ireland continues to appeal to anyone with information about illegal drug use or supply, to call them on the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, you can submit a report online using the Police’s non-emergency reporting form:


http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/


If you would prefer to remain anonymous, you can provide information via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/


For information on local support services that can help with issues like drug addiction, please visit www.drugsandalcoholni.info


There is also a range of services available if you are affected by someone else’s drinking and/or drug misuse. Information on these services is also available on this website.


These services are available to you regardless of whether or not your loved one is receiving help for their addiction