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Cops testing white powder found at a recycling facility


By Francesca Ryan

Police are testing a large quantity of what is believed to be drugs discovered by workers at a Belfast City Council property in West Belfast.

A Council source told us that a container of white powder was found at the Blackstaff Way Recycling Centre. Yesterday the Council told the Andersonstown News they are “co-operating with the PSNI” in their investigation into the find.

The incident is believed to have taken place last week at the Kennedy Way Council depot, according to the source who gave his account of what happened.

“A fella came to take away the compacter and as he pulled away the net behind had items caught,” he said.  “There was an SMA tin of baby milk powder that fell out, but when the fella opened the tin, it was filled with bags of white powder.  There was so much that the police were called to come and take it away.”

Our source said he thought the haul looked very significant and stressed that the find had nothing to do with employees at the depot.

“This was waste from the general public and nothing to do with staff at the centre whatsoever,” he said.

Local Sinn Féin Councillor Matt Garrett confirmed the discovery of the powder and praised  Council staff for their vigilance.

“I have been speaking to people in charge and they are able to confirm this took place,” he said.

“We welcome that these suspected drugs are off the streets and were handed promptly into the police.

“It is frightening that someone could dispose of such a large quantity of suspected drugs in this way and we thank the Council workers for their alertness.

“We would like to see the police being more proactive with regards to drugs and getting them off our streets.”

A PSNI spokesman confirmed they are investigating the incident at the depot (above) and that tests will be carried out on the powder.


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