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Five men questioned following heroin seizure

FIVE men aged between 24 and 54 are now were being questioned after heroin was seized in Belfast.

A fifth man, aged 26, was arrested in Lisburn on Monday evening.

Four of the men, aged 24, 30, 40 and 54 were arrested on the Antrim Road in the north of the city earlier in the day.

Police said they were arrested "on suspicion of involvement in the street supply of heroin in Belfast".

A small amount of heroin, cash and false identity documents were found.

Detective Inspector Andy Dunlop said: "Heroin is a deadly substance which devastates families and wrecks lives. Police are responding to community concerns about the incidence of this drug and are taking appropriate action.

"To those people who may have a heroin dependency, I would urge them to seek help from our statutory and voluntary partners."

He appealed for information about drug dealing.

The arrests came just weeks after three men appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court following the seizure of heroin in a flat in north Belfast.

A major anti-drug operation has led to more than 350 arrests and the seizure of almost £1.5 million in drugs in recent months.

The operation, named Torus, is an initiative run by the PSNI twice a year. The present operation will run until October 31.

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