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Two arrests after PSNI searches in major 'illegal gambling and money laundering' probe

Two men have been arrested after eight searches carried out by PSNI into alleged illegal gambling and money laundering.

Detectives from the PSNI Economic Crime Unit on Monday searched business and residential properties in the Lurgan, Dungannon, Antrim and Belfast.

Two men, aged 39 and 69, were arrested and are being questioned at Lurgan police station.

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Wilson said: “This is part of a major investigation into illegal gambling and money laundering. We have seized a significant number of illegal gaming machines, related technical equipment, documentation and a substantial amount of cash and criminal property.

"We believe there is a link between illegal gambling and money laundering which feeds other forms of crime in our community. This illegal gambling is often used by criminals as a means of laundering money obtained from organised criminal activity and plays an important role in other forms of acquisitive and organised crime.

"We are determined to tackle it. Our enquiries will continue for some time and I would appeal to anyone with information about money laundering or illegal gambling to contact police.”

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