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Arrests and seizures after UDA drugs bust

Police seized drugs and cash Credit: PSNI

Police have seized £65,000 worth of drugs during searches targeting the West Belfast UDA.

A 40 year-old man and a 44 year-old women were also arrested on suspicion of possession of controlled substances with intent to supply, and being in possession of criminal property.

Class A and Class B drugs were seized by the Paramilitary Task Force in Newtownabbey and North Down on Tuesday.

Detective Inspector Ray Phelan said:

“Earlier today, we carried out three searches in the Bangor, Newtownabbey and Millisle areas and made two arrests. A suspected quantity of cocaine with an estimated street value of £55,000 and a suspected quantity of cannabis with an estimated street value of £10,000 were recovered and have been taken away for further examination. Police also seized a vehicle and £10,000 in cash.

“Today’s search and arrest operation is linked to the supply of drugs on behalf of the West Belfast UDA. West Belfast UDA carry out paramilitary style attacks, claiming that they are protecting their communities but the reality is that they supply drugs which ruin the lives of local people, using violence to try and control their markets. They do not care about the devastation that they cause; their only concern is with lining their own pockets.

“They are a priority for the PCTF due to the breadth of their criminality and the harm that they cause to the local community. Working with our partners and communities we are committed to tackling the criminality of these groups . Anyone with any information no matter how trivial they may think it is, should bring that to police or to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”