POLICE in Omagh have been praised for removing “dangerous substances” from local streets after a substantial quantity of illegal drugs were seized during an early-morning raid on a house in the town.
According to the PSNI, officers seized the suspected Class A, B and C drugs from the property at Campsie Road in the early hours of Wednesday, July 10, along with associated drug-dealing paraphernalia. Inspector Paula Johnston said, “A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class B and Class C controlled drug, and on suspicion of possession of a Class A and Class C controlled drug with intent to supply.”
He has since been released on bail, pending further enquiries.
Welcoming the raid, Omagh councillor, Chris Smyth, commended the police for their work in removing the “dangerous and awful” substances from the streets of the town.
Cllr Smyth said, “The seizure in Campsie will serve as an example to those who would peddle misery and torture on the people of Omagh and the surrounding areas that the police are taking this type of behaviour seriously and will pursue those who engage in these activities and that they will be subject to the full force of the law.”
The early-morning seizure in Omagh comes amid rising concern about the prevalence of illegal drugs in towns across Tyrone. Over a week ago, a drug-fuelled party in Strabane almost resulted in the deaths of two young women.
Meanwhile, in south Tyrone, there are fears over the growing impact of illegal drugs on the area after a seizure of heroin, two gun attacks on a family home and a number of drugs-related deaths over the last two years. One independent councillor in the area, Dan Kerr, has alleged that there is illegal drug taking going on in broad daylight in cars in Coalisland.
It was reported that a public meeting is to be held in Coalisland after the summer hoilidays to address the concerns of local parents.
While Cllr Smyth said that the drugs problem in Omagh maybe wasn’t as bad as in other parts of Northern Ireland, he added, “We need to be vigilant to ensure it never becomes that way.”
He encouraged anyone with information about the sale and supply of illegal drugs to get in touch with police on 101.
“Alternatively, information can be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100 per-cent anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime,” a PSNI spokesperson added.