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Police scour Lough Neagh in drug-related operation

Police in Lough Neagh

Police crews scoured the waters around the southern tip of Lough Neagh in an ongoing battle against drug-related criminality.

Officers in Mid Ulster, along with colleagues from the Tactical Support Group (TSG), were on the boat patrol of the lough yesterday, Thursday.

The local operation, backed on land by vehicle check points in the Ardboe and Washing Bay area, is in keeping with the Police Service’s commitment to tackle drug misuse right across Northern Ireland.

Inspector Alison Johnstone said: “The patrols, carried out by Torrent Neighbourhood Policing Team with the help of TSG colleagues, were part of a planned operation to prevent and pursue drug-related criminality.

“I can report that nothing untoward was found. And I’m also keen to assure local people that we remain totally committed to tackling the illegal movement and supply of drugs, whether via land or water.”

The searches are in keeping with Operation Dealbreaker, which is the Police Service’s organisational commitment to address the supply, use and harm caused by illegal drugs in Northern Ireland.

Inspector Johnstone continued: “Drug supply and demand, and the inevitable fallout, is a vicious cycle that we need to collectively break. We all have a part to play. If you have information, or concerns, about the illegal supply of drugs please contact us on 101.”

Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

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