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Eleven people were arrested in raids by officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (stock photo)

Eleven people were arrested in raids by officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (stock photo)

Eleven people were arrested in raids by officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (stock photo)

A man has been charged with Class A drug dealing in the investigation into the activities of the East Belfast UVF.

Detectives from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force arrested a 33-year-old man in the Lisburn area yesterday. Last night, he was charged with being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

He is due before Belfast Magistrates Court on April 18.

It is understood the arrest is linked to a search-and-arrest operation against the criminal activities of the East Belfast UVF conducted on March 22.

Eleven people were arrested in raids by officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force.

Some £15,000 worth of suspected Class A drugs, cash, clothing, cars and jewellery were also seized in 14 searches.

The PSNI described East Belfast UVF as "nothing more than a drugs gang who operate under a flag of convenience in an attempt to legitimise their existence".

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