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Two trailer-loads of illegal drinks seized by police

By Deborah McAleese

Published 05/09/2015

Seized: the haul of illegal drink
Seized: the haul of illegal drink

Police believe they have disrupted a major fraud following the seizure of hundreds of drinks bottles.

Two trailer-loads of packaged bottles were discovered in Newry by officers investigating suspected fraudulent activity.

Searches were carried out at premises in the Derrybeg Lane area of the town yesterday as part of a joint operation between the PSNI, Food Standards Agency and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

Police said that two 40ft trailers and a large quantity of bottled drinks were seized in the swoop.

A 54-year-old man was arrested in the town by detectives from the PSNI's Reactive and Organised Crime Branch in relation to fraud offences.

He was arrested on suspicion of possession of and making or supplying articles to commit fraud, as well as suspicion of offences under the waste and contaminated land act.

The man was later released on bail pending further inquiries.

No further details about the nature of the suspected fraud were released by the PSNI yesterday.

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