‘Dealers lacing cannabis with harder drugs’, says Roy Beggs

Cannabis plant. Photo credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Cannabis plant. Photo credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party candidate Roy Beggs has warned of reports he received that cannabis is being laced with what he called “addictive Class A drugs”.

Mr Beggs also welcomed news that a ‘small amount of drugs’ has been seized in the Carrickfergus area.

He said: “I welcome the news that the PSNI have carried out a successful drugs raid in the Carrickfergus area where cannabis was uncovered during searches.

“It is welcome news that these drugs are now off our street. I am particularly concerned with credible reports that have received that some dealers in Northern Ireland are now lacing cannabis with small amounts of addictive Class A drugs.

“Regular cannabis use is known to have an adverse mental health impact.

“It is also known as a gateway drug to hard drugs. However, parents and cannabis users should be aware and must be particularly concerned at this increased potential of becoming addicted to Class A drugs through use of cannabis.

“If anyone has information relating to any concerns about drugs in the East Antrim area, I would urge them to contact the PSNI on 101 or alternatively Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.