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Man arrested following raids in connection with west Belfast UDA

The PSNI have arrested a 24-year-old man following a number of raids in connection with the activity of the west Belfast UDA.

The officers from the Paramilitary Crime Taskforce carried out a number of searches in Belfast and Newtownabbey on Thursday.

Police are currently holding the man in custody at Musgrave Police Station where he is helping officers with their enquiries.

He is being held on suspicion of possession of class A drugs and possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.

Detective Inspector Heather Whoriskey said: “The arrest follows the search of a house in the north Belfast area, on Thursday evening, (December 14) in which suspected cocaine and other drugs paraphernalia were recovered.

“Further searches were carried out on Thursday at homes and commercial properties across north Belfast and Newtownabbey in relation to the ongoing investigation into the activities of the West Belfast UDA. A number of items were seized as a result of these searches, however, no arrests were made. Our enquiries are continuing.”

The Paramilitary Crime Taskforce is a joint agency made up of representatives from the PSNI, HM Revenue & Customs and the National Crime Agency and is aimed at tackling criminality linked to paramiliitarism.

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