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Maskey welcomes recent drug seizures in West Belfast

24 October, 2011 - by Pat Sheehan, Westminster

Sinn Féin MP for West Belfast Paul Maskey MLA has welcomed the recent drug seizures in West Belfast.

Yesterday over £100k worth of ecstasy tablets were discovered following a car being stopped in Stockmans Lane while earlier in the week over £230,000 of cocaine and ecstasy tablets were recovered following a car being stopped on the Grosvenor Road.

Speaking today Mr Maskey said:

“The recent drug seizure by the PSNI can only be described as highly significant with almost a quarter of  a million pounds worth of  cocaine and ecstasy taken off our streets.

“The damage that these drugs can do to individuals and communities is well known. It only takes one ecstasy tablet or one experiment with cocaine to cause death. Too many families have been impacted by such tragedies.

“The social effects that these drugs can cause to communities is also well known with addictions leading to higher levels of crime and higher levels of social care and rehabilitation needed for users.

“Combining the ongoing work of the PSNI in removing these drugs supply routes along with education programmes  for our young people is the key to eradicating drug misuse. By showing people the damage that taking or dealing drugs can cause we can help them to make informed choices.”

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