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Man (42) and woman (36) arrested over suspected money laundering in west Belfast

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A man and a woman have both been arrested by police in west Belfast on Wednesday on suspicion of several offences relating to money laundering and the illegal sale of alcohol, cigarettes and counterfeit products.

The 42-year-old man and 36-year-old woman are being held on suspicion of offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, evasion of duty and trading in counterfeit products.

The arrests followed Paramilitary Crime Task Force searches at a number of residential and commercial properties in the city.

PSNI Detective Inspector Maguire said: “Contraband cigarettes, alcohol, cash and suspected counterfeit clothing have been seized during today’s search operation.

“We will continue to work with our partners in the Paramilitary Crime Task Force to disrupt such organised criminality.

“We’re grateful to local communities for their continued support, and would ask anyone with information or concerns to contact us on 101.

“Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online.”

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