Belfast Telegraph

Loyalist crime probe officers seize cash and tobacco

Police have seized a number of items as part of an investigation into loyalist paramilitary activities, saying it demonstrates their determination to catch those involved in organised crime.

Over 54,000 thousand contraband cigarettes, 7.5 kilos of rolled tobacco, a number of high value items, including two vehicles and around £70,000 in cash was found in searches in Belfast and North Down.

Police were working alongside HMRC as part of the searches on Monday and Tuesday. Two men aged 34 and 29 were arrested and have since been released on police bail.

Detective Inspector Whoriskey said: “This is a demonstration of our determination to tackle organised crime and those that gain from it. I would appeal for anyone with information regarding criminality by paramilitary organisations to contact police on 101. Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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