Police Search Operation Held In Meadowlands Area


Downpatrick  neighbourhood officers carried out a planned search operation in the Meadowlands area of Downpatrick last week, working on conjunction with a number of partner agencies.

[caption id="attachment_54492" align="alignleft" width="380"]Police and other agencies conducted a planned raid on properties on the Meadowlands estate and neighbouring areas in Downpatrick. Police and other agencies conducted a planned search on properties on the Meadowlands estate and neighbouring areas in Downpatrick.[/caption]

On Wednesday 21 January, local officers, supported by officers from the PSNI’s Tactical Support Group, fraud investigators from the Organised Fraud Unit and representatives from the Department of Social Development took part in the multi-agency operation.

Constable Phil Quinn, from Downpatrick Neighbourhood Team, explained: “A total of 10 warrants were executed across addresses in Meadowlands and near-by streets.

“A quantity of suspected Class A and Class B drugs were seized as well as related articles and paraphernalia, a mobile phone, cash and other documentation.

“This is only a small part of a long running operation that has involved members of the local Neighbourhood Policing Team working closely with partner agencies, including Financial Investigators, Driver and Vehicle Licencing and Northern Ireland Housing Executive, in an effort to address and tackle crime within the greater Downpatrick area.

“We know tackling the scourge of drugs is something the local community want us to focus on and this operation highlights our determination to do so. It continues to be a local policing priority, indeed in the last 12 months, we have seized cannabis with a total estimated street value of £5,000 in this area.”

Thanking the local community, Constable Quinn added: “Downpatrick Police would like to thank those members of the community who continue to support us in our efforts to stop this drain on our society. Without their courage and assistance we could never hope to achieve such results.

“If you would like to get in contact with police to discuss information in relation to this or any other incident in the Downpatrick area, please ring 101 and ask to speak to a neighbourhood officer, alternatively you can contact us through our Facebook and Twitter pages. You can also make contact with the Crimestoppers charity anonymously by telephoning 0800 555 111.”