Police seize drugs and make three arrests

Police in Strabane have seized suspected drugs and made three arrests following proactive searches in Newtownstewart earlier today, Friday, 5th August.

By Ruth Rodgers
Friday, 5th August 2022, 5:34 pm

During searches, suspected quantities of Class A, Class B and Class C drugs were seized along with drug-related paraphernalia. Cash was also seized during a search, along with an offensive weapon.

A 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class B drug, possession of a Class B controlled drug with intent to supply and being concerned in the supply of a Class B controlled drug. A 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon. A 40-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class B drug, possession of a Class B controlled drug with intent to supply, being concerned in the supply of a Class B controlled drug and possession of a Class C drug. All three people arrested remain in police custody at this time.

Involved in today’s searches were local Neighbourhood officers from the Derg and Strabane Neighbourhood Teams, local District Support officers, Tactical Support Group officers and Police Dog Murphy.

Police Dog Murphy in action.

Sergeant Garry Lynn said: “Today’s proactive operation involving our local officers from Strabane, and colleagues from several of our departments, shows our commitment to tackling the scourge of drugs in the communities we serve.

“We know this is an issue of serious concern to local communities. We’re listening to your concerns and we’ll continue to take action and focus our efforts on removing illegal and dangerous drugs, targeting those involved in their sale and supply.

“We see far too often the devastation caused by the misuse of illegal drugs, their sale and supply, in families and in the wider community. It’s really important that if you have concerns, or information about illegal drug-related activity where you live, to report it. It might seem insignificant, but report it and we will investigate it. It could make all the difference.”

Information can be provided by calling police on 101, or to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Some of the items which were seized