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Police raid at Assembly election candidate’s home

Thursday, 23 March 2017

THE home of a Newry and Armagh Assembly election candidate was raided by police last Wednesday under a warrant.

Officers carried out a search after forcing their way into the home of Emmet Crossan at Portadown Road, Richhill.

The raid took place less than three weeks after Mr Crossan stood as a candidate in the recent Assembly election.

At the time, he stated his primary reason for getting involved in politics and putting himself forward for election was to see drug use moved out of the criminal justice system and into the health system, where he said it belonged.

In an online blog following the raid at his home, Mr Crossan said: "A squad of policemen standing at the foot of your bed shouting and waving a fistful of warrants at you is not the most pleasant way to wake out of your slumber any morning, but that's the way the cookie crumbles sometimes.

"As an outspoken and unashamed cannabis activist, grower and consumer it goes with the territory. Not the first time and I'm pretty sure, not the last.

"I was greeted downstairs with the sight of about 20 or so police officers and a hallway strewn with shattered glass and a hole in my back door that I could put my head through.

"The fact I'm sitting here now typing this up is a clear indication that they didn't find what they were after but left instead with their heads swirling with lots of new information on what the cannabis culture is all about and the knowledge that we're going nowhere and we're not hiding or being silent any longer."

A PSNI spokesman confirmed police carried out searches of two properties in the Portadown Road area of Richhill, on Wednesday, March 15 on suspicion of criminal activity but nothing was found.

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