Cocaine worth more than £7,000 seized in west Belfast

The cocaine haul recovered in west Belfast is estimated to be worth £7,000. Credit: PSNI

Suspected cocaine worth more than £7,000 has been seized by detectives from the PSNI’s Paramilitary Crime Task Force in west Belfast.

The haul was uncovered during a search operation in the Andersonstown area on Thursday.

A 33-year-old man was arrested and remains in police custody.

Detective Inspector Hamilton said: “These searches are further evidence that PCTF are proactively investigating drugs criminality linked to paramilitaries.

“Drugs cause misery to users and their families and the proceeds of their sale go to fund paramilitary activity.

“We continue to target those criminals who are involved in the sale and supply of illegal drugs and will aim to disrupt their activities at every opportunity.”

DI Hamilton added: “I would encourage members of the community who may have information that could assist our efforts to tackle the blight of drugs to please get in touch.

“You can call 101, or you can submit a report online. The independent charity Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Meanwhile, another haul of cocaine – also thought to be worth around £7,000 –and quantities of herbal cannabis and cannabis resin have been seized by police in Bangor.

Officers from Bangor District Support Team recovered the drugs during a planned search of a house in the Ashbury Gardens area on Friday.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a number of drugs offences.