Alarm at rise in heroin use - Ó Muilleoir
Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has expressed alarm at PSNI reports that 17 people have been arrested in connection with the sale of heroin in South Belfast parks.
Speaking today Mr Ó Muilleoir said:
"While it is be to welcomed that the PSNI have conducted a major anti drugs operation and have made arrests, I would be greatly concerned at reports that these have been focused on the sale and use of heroin.
"That this may have been centred on public parks such as Ormeau Park and Botanic Gardens shows the utter contempt that those who sell illegal drugs for personal gain have for the community.
"We have witnessed in places like Dublin how heroin use in particular can ravage communities. Those with addictions should be encouraged to seek help and that help should be forthcoming.
"However, those who prey on people with addictions and seek to make personal gain from the sale of illegal drugs such as heroin deserve no consideration from the community.
"I would urge anyone who has any information on the sale of illegal drugs to contact the PSNI and provide the information to help curb the sale of these dangerous substances."