Substantial amount of drugs seized in Keady

April 30, 2019

By Diarmuid Pepper

Police have seized drugs with an estimated street value of £180,000 in Keady.

At around 4am on Saturday 27th April, police responded to a report that four males were seen breaking the window of a property in Kinelowen Street in Keady. 

The four males entered the premises before making a get-away in what has been described as a white Ford Transit-type van.

When local police officers arrived at the scene, they discovered a huge cannabis plant inside the vacant property. 

It is suspected that there were 360 cannabis plants inside the property. Detective Chief Inspector Brian Foster says that this “substantial seizure” highlights the police’s commitment to “disrupting these criminal gangs”. 

Foster said of the drugs seize: “We know that drugs can ruin lives and line the pockets of organised criminals, and we are determined to disrupt these criminal gangs. We are committed to making Northern Ireland a hostile environment for those in our community who are involved in the drugs trade.

Pictured at the scene in Keady where £180,000 worth of drugs were seized. Photo Credit Armaghi

“Anyone involved in the drugs trade, or anyone tempted to become involved, should be under no illusion – we will seek to identify them, arrest them and place them before the courts.”

Detective Chief Inspector Foster has also appealed for anyone who may have any information regarding this drugs bust to come forward. Foster said: “I want to thank the member of the public who contacted us. I also want to make a number of appeals. 

“Were you in the Kinelowen Street area of Keady between 4am and 4:10am? Did you see any suspicious activity? Did you see four males acting suspiciously, or did you see a white Ford Transit-type van being driven in a suspicious manner? If you have information you believe may assist our investigation, please call us on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 201 of 27/04/19.”  

Foster is also calling on the public to contact this non-emergency number about any drug-related concerns they may have within their community. He said: “I would appeal to anyone who has any information or concerns around the supply of drugs in their community to call us on 101.” 

Alternatively, members of the public can call the independent ‘Crimestoppers’ charity on 0800 555 111. This number is completely anonymous, and as a result, gives people in the local community the power to speak up and to stop crime.