Chief Inspector Darrin Jones assured the public they were doing all they can to combat drug dealing and he promised that with good information the police will act.
“Often people will say to me that the police do nothing about drug dealing in their area, well these latest discoveries demonstrate that when good information is brought forward to us, local police will act,” he said.
“In fact officers are continually gathering information about drug dealers and are using that information to carry out searches and make significant arrests right across the Lisburn policing area. We are confident that with ongoing assistance and support from the community we will continue to identify those who put illegal and dangerous drugs onto our streets, arrest them and remove them from our society.” Cannabis plants worth around £7,500 were found along with cultivation equipment at a flat in Parkdale House on August 26.
Days later suspected class A drugs and cannabis resin with a street value in the region of £100,000 were uncovered at a property in the Upper Dunmurry Lane area.
Lisburn DPP Chairperson and local Dunmurry DUP Councillor, Margaret Tolerton welcomed the discoveries.
“These were excellent finds by the police in Dunmurry and have no doubt prevented many young people from accessing drugs in this community,” she said.
“It is imperative that when the local community sees or hears of suspicious activity that they pass this information to the police in order that they can act.
“This shows what can be achieved when the police and the community work together. Drug dealers don’t care who they hurt and on this occasion the fact that someone has been arrested and charged means that their capability to deal drugs has been severely thwarted.”
A 26-year-old man was subsequently charged with drugs and other offences and has appeared in court in connection with the find at Upper Dunmurry Lane.