3 TABS FOR A TENNER; Cops Launch Probe into Just How Cheap Drugs Are in Ulster

The People (London, England), June 29, 2003 | Go to article overview

3 TABS FOR A TENNER; Cops Launch Probe into Just How Cheap Drugs Are in Ulster


Byline: LIZ TRAINOR

ULSTER cops have launched a radical review of what they consider to be the street value of different drugs.

The move came after we pressed the PSNI to explain why it believed all Ecstasy tablets are worth a tenner - when they can be bought for as little as pounds 3 in some parts of Northern Ireland.

The People was on the case after a major quantity of drugs bound for Ulster turned up in Dover, thanks to PSNI intelligence work.

Police seized 450,000 tablets heading for the Northern Ireland market and said a range of criminal elements had been involved in the trafficking.

But their claim that they had rumbled pounds 4.5m worth of drugs didn't stand up to scrutiny when our investigations discovered 'E' was on sale every night of the week for less than the price of a packet of cigarettes.

The People wanted to highlight the issue in the belief that parents must not be encouraged to believe their youngsters need as much as a tenner to get their hands on a 'tab'.

Det Supt George McAuley of the PSNI Drugs Squad told us: "We have the pricing structure under review.

"There's no doubt that three 'E' tablets can be bought for a tenner in some urban areas. …

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