Recovered cannabis of ‘purest type’: cops

A PSNI officer holds a quantity of herbal cannabis that was handed over to an Oldpark community worker on Monday A PSNI officer holds a quantity of herbal cannabis that was handed over to an Oldpark community worker on Monday
By Staff Reporter

A quantity of herbal cannabis described by the PSNI as being of the purest type available has been handed in to an Oldpark community worker.

The drugs are just the latest stash to be found in the area and the discovery has been blamed on one of a number of low-level dealers plying their trade in the Bone. Community worker John McAlea said he was handed the drugs by a resident.

“We have been handed in bags of stuff before but I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s very worrying that this stuff is being sold,” he said. “I have been handed in bags of all sorts of substances. It’s a concern that no matter how many times it’s highlighted that these drugs are being dumped around the place it still seems to be happening. Dealers are operating brazenly from houses and nothing seems to be getting done.”

The PSNI have had a number of major successes against drug dealers in recent months with a grow house off the lower Crumlin Road raided in December containing £150,000 of cannabis. That was followed by the seizure of £1 million of cannabis from two cars that were stopped on Dargan Road on January 27.

However despite these seizures, low-level dealing continues to be rife throughout the North of the city. Police have appealed for information.

“A small quantity of suspected herbal cannabis was handed into police in North Belfast on Monday.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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