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Police seize cocaine, cars and cash in drugs factory

By Nevin Farrell

Police have shut down a suspected drugs factory where they seized cocaine worth £600,000, several luxury cars and £300,000 in cash.

The haul in Newtownabbey included three Mercedes AMG cars, an imitation firearm, 30 mobile phones, amphetamines, a suspected cocaine press and steroids. Two arrests were made.

Officers carried out raids in the Ballyhenry and Dalewood districts on Wednesday and yesterday.

A 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of six offences - possession of and intent to supply Class A, B and C controlled drugs.

A 31-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of nine offences including conspiracy to supply a class A, B and C controlled drugs and possessing criminal property.

Yesterday both were assisting police with their inquiries.

PSNI Area Commander Stephen Reid said the raid had been a response to information officers had received from the public.

"This is a very substantial haul in which three luxury cars were seized on the suspicion that they were purchased with the proceeds of crime," he said.

Local MP William McCrea praised police, adding: "Drugs are a scourge upon our society. Those who manufacture them and sell them are literally doling out death. I am delighted that such a large quantity of this poison has been removed from circulation."

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