1. ITV Report

Manchester arrests over illegal prescription drug supply

Several million pounds worth of pharmaceutical drugs were seized during the operation. Credit: PSNI

Several million pounds worth of pharmaceutical drugs have been seized and six people arrested in Manchester as part of an investigation into illegal supply of prescription drugs in Londonderry.

Officers from PSNI’s Derry City and Strabane District Support Team and Greater Manchester Police searched a number of properties on Tuesday.

Six men were arrested on suspicion of supplying Class C drugs and remain in police custody.

The investigation has been carried out by the Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority, who are responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices are acceptably safe, in conjunction with PSNI and Bury Police.

Chief Inspector Alan Hutton said: “We have spent the past few months working with MHRA and GMP in identifying where the public are able to get hold of these controlled drugs, and uncovering who is responsible.

“From this investigation, it is clear that this is a comprehensive operation, with genuine pharmaceuticals being unlawfully removed from the supply chain in the UK and then sold, illegally, online.

“While arrests have been made in Greater Manchester today, we are continuing with our investigations and are committed to finding those who facilitate the supply of illegal substances across Derry City and Strabane Policing District and indeed across Northern Ireland.

“I continue to appeal for the public to report anything suspicious to police. I would ask anyone with any information about the use or supply of illegal drugs to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”