Four properties searched and one arrest in anti-drugs operation in Ballymena

FOUR properties were searched and one arrest was made during an anti-drugs operation in Ballymena today.

A PSNI press release said the police in Ballymena carried out searches in the “Ballykeel area today as part of our ongoing commitment to disrupt the sale and supply of drugs in the community”.

Inspector Marc Riddell said: “This afternoon we searched 4 properties and recovered cash and other items linked to the supply of controlled drugs.

“We also arrested 1 male. We are acutely aware of concerns within the community regarding the availability of drugs and where we have information we can take proactive action like we did today to make our community safer.

“Just this week we had the launch of the #Here2Help app and roadshow and we saw very clearly the impact that drug misuse has on individuals and families.

“The community has made it clear that it does not want or welcome the criminal gangs who prey on the vulnerable for criminal and financial gain.

“The more information we have about drug dealing in Mid and East Antrim, the more we can do to disrupt the supply and put the dealers before the courts.”

Today’s operation was led by local police with assistance from colleagues in District Support Team, Criminal Investigation Department & Tactical Support Group.

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