Police vow to target city drug dealers

Thursday, 1 June 2017

ARMAGH police have vowed to deploy extra resources in a bid to get a grip on a drugs problem in the Callan Crescent area of the city.

Inspector Kieran Quinn has guaranteed concerned residents in the area that he will be directing his officers to take a close look at Callan Crescent both now and in the coming weeks.

The move comes after a concerned resident contacted the Gazette to say drug dealing and buying is going on in the area both day and night.

"We the residents of Callan Crescent want, through your newspaper, to highlight the drug dealing and buying that is going on in the back of Callan Crescent," said the local resident who did not wish to be named out of fear of reprisal attacks.

"The back of Callan Crescent has become a haven for drug dealers and buyers with cars coming in and out on a regular basis.

"Drugs and money are exchanging hands at the back of these houses in the middle of the day and night. People in the area are disgusted at this carry-on taking place and are asking why the PSNI have done nothing about it."

Inspector Quinn has assured the public that tackling the drugs issue in the area is a high priority for him and his officers.

"Officers are briefed daily on tackling the issue of drugs, this is on our policing plan and it is something that we take very seriously," he said.

"We are working with schools and we putting extra patrols on the ground with intelligence-led searches also taking place.

"But I would also like to assure the public that the drugs problem is not out of control in this area. However we are conscious of the public concern and we will do all we can to deter the dealers."

Inspector Quinn also appealed for the public to support his efforts by reporting suspicious activity.

"We are working closely with the PCSP and other statutory agencies as well as our Organised Crime detectives to be pro-active in this matter.

"But we need the help of the community. I would appeal for anyone who witnesses anything suspicious to get in touch immediately, I guarantee any call will be dealt with in a discrete and confidential manner. We want to make Armagh as safe a place to live as possible."


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