Larne PSNI tough on drug dealers and users

DCI Bob Blemmings pictured at the launch of Operation Torus.INLT 10-657-CON
DCI Bob Blemmings pictured at the launch of Operation Torus.INLT 10-657-CON

Larne police have warned that they will be getting tough on local drug dealers.

Arrests are planned along with seizures of illegal drugs as part of ‘Operation Torus’ during the next few weeks.

‘Operation Torus’ will be aimed at “street level” drug dealers and users in particular.

The operation was launched alongside a new hard-hitting campaign called, “Drug Dealers Don’t Care, Do You?”.

Crime Manager, Detective Chief Inspector Bob Blemmings, said: “Tackling drug dealing is always a priority, but Op Torus allows police to focus more on this area of crime.

“Over the coming weeks, we will continue to disrupt and arrest drug dealers involved in the sale and supply of drugs and work to bring individuals before the courts. We are asking everyone for their support and co-operation in tackling this problem through the criminal justice system.

“It is also worth pointing out, that we are sensitive to community concerns around the use of so-called ‘legal highs’, particularly among young people. It is suspected that substances touted as ‘legal highs’ do contain dangerous substances which are harmful to health.

“We are working with local communities, councils and health authorities to ensure that any substance which could pose a risk to the health of our young people is taken off the streets.

“To anyone who experiments with mind altering substances - legal or illegal - you can never be sure of exactly what you are taking or what the side effects or long term damage will be. Don’t put yourself in danger. Stop and think about what one bad choice might mean.

“Our message is clear and simple. If you see or know of anyone who is dealing drugs in your local area, then please contact us on 0845 600 8000 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 and pass on any details that you may have.”

l Meanwhile, police are investigating an aggravated burglary at a house in Antiville during the early hours of Saturday morning (March 1).

The incident at Greenland Parade occurred shortly after 12.15 am when three masked men entered a house armed with baseball bats and a hammer.

Two males who were in the house at the time of the incident were assaulted.

It is not believed that anything was taken during the incident.

Damage was also reported to the front door of the property and a window. Enquiries are continuing.

Anyone who can provide police with any information about this incident is asked to contact Larne Police Station on 0845 600 8000. If someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.