Police seize drugs destined for schoolchildren

October 10, 2016

Police believe a quantity of cannabis seized in Keady on Thursday afternoon was intended to be sold to schoolchildren, a councillor has revealed.

Sinn Fein’s Darren McNally, who is a member of the Police and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), welcomed the fact that the drugs have now been removed off the streets and said it is “particularly concerning” that police believe the drugs were destined to be sold at a local school.

The incident unfolded shortly before 4.00pm when police received a report that a man was seen acting suspiciously in the town Square, reputedly attempting to sell drugs to young people who were in the area at the time.

Responding, officers conducted a search and stopped a vehicle, a subsequent search of which uncovered a quantity of suspected cannabis and drugs paraphernalia.  The 20-year-old occupant was arrested on suspicion of possession of a class B controlled drug and possessing a class B controlled drug with intent to supply.  Following questioning, the suspect was charged with possession of a class B controlled drug, while the intent to supply allegation was dismissed.  He is schedule to appear at Armagh Magistrates Court on Tuesday 1st November.

Councillor McNally welcomed the arrest and the seizure of the drugs.

“I am pleased these drugs are no longer on our streets and arrests have been made,” he said.  “It is particularly concerning that the PSNI have said they believe the drugs were destined to be sold at a local school.  Whatever about adults making poor choices, there is simply no excuse for attempting to get young people involved in this activity.  It is despicable.

“The people who sell these drugs have no consideration for the impact it is having on the people who use them and their families. I would appeal to anyone with any information to bring it to the police so they can continue to protect our communities from the scourge of drugs.”

Commenting, PSNI Inspector Kieran Quinn said the incident is “an excellent example of how information from the community enables us to focus our resources where and when they are needed most”.

“Lifting the phone and making the call works. We will follow up any information provided by the community and can assure everyone of confidentiality when they make that call,” he said.

“We know that street-level drug dealing is happening throughout Northern Ireland, but we need the help and support of local communities to remove this activity from our streets. If you know or suspect that illegal drugs are being sold or distributed in your area, please pick up the phone and contact us.”