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Two men arrested in Coleraine in drugs crackdown

Two men aged 30 and 48 have been arrested as part of a major police crackdown on drugs.

The suspects were detained at separate addresses in Coleraine on Tuesday.

Mobile phones, SIM cards, walkie talkies, cash and a small quantity of cannabis were also seized.

The ongoing police operation is linked to the activities of an organised crime gang and the seizure of an estimated £600,000 of cocaine in Belfast and Nutts Corner over the past year.

Detective Inspector Tom McClure, from Police Service of Northern Ireland's reactive and organised crime branch, said: " A total of eight arrests have been made over recent months following these seizures and five men have been charged with a variety of drugs offences.

"We believe an organised crime group has been operating in the Coleraine area and spreading its reach to other parts of the country including Derry and Claudy.

"We are aware of community concerns about illegal drugs. We share those concerns and are continuing with a phased sequence of investigative and enforcement activity to address the issues raised by local people.

"This investigation will continue for some time."

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