Police have seized suspected Class, A, B and C drugs and a substantial sum of cash during a number of searches in the Derry City & Strabane area on Thursday, 20th June. 

The searches, carried out by Tactical Support Group officers on behalf of the District Support Team (DST), and assisted by Neighbourhood colleagues, were conducted at addresses in the city and in the wider Strabane area. Drug-related paraphernalia and electronic items were also among the seizures. Enquiries continue in relation to these seizures.

DST Inspector Pearce said: "We are doing all we can to prevent and detect as much drug-related activity as possible and today's proactive activity is an example of effective community-based policing at its best. 

"The efforts are in keeping with Operation Dealbreaker – that’s our organisational commitment to tackle every aspect of drug misuse across Northern Ireland, and that includes its harrowing impact on the lives and relationships of local people.”

Inspector Pearce added: "Anyone tempted to become involved in illegal drugs should be under no illusion; we will seek to identify them, arrest them and place them before the courts. 

"I would also like to take this opportunity to appeal to anyone with any information about suspected drug dealing in their area to call the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, information can also be given anonymously to the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org"

Anyone who thinks they or someone they know might have a problem with alcohol and/or drugs can find support services in their local area at www.drugsandalcoholni.info This website also includes details of services available for individuals affected by someone else’s drinking and/or drug use, regardless of whether their loved one is in treatment.