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Moment police swooped on ‘drugs car’

Dramatic snaps after high-speed chase in Belfast

By Gillian Halliday

These are the dramatic moments when police swooped on a car as part of an investigation into organised crime.

The operation - captured on camera by a Belfast Telegraph photographer - ends with three suspects being taken from the vehicle on the Fortwilliam off-slip of the M2 on Thursday night.

One man resists arrest and is Tasered by a police officer before being subdued.

Our exclusive footage, which can be viewed online on our website, starts moments after three unmarked police armed response vehicles (ARV) successfully perform a 'hard stop' on a white Vauxhall Mokka.

Specialist firearms officers holding rifles then surround the vehicle, which is completely boxed in by the ARV officers' two Audi A6 cars and a Volkswagen Passat.

A male passenger emerges from the rear right-hand side of the vehicle as a second man - believed to be the driver - is dragged away and handcuffed.

The remaining male, the front passenger, however, resists instructions to exit the vehicle voluntarily and appears to brandish a crutch at officers.

Following repeated warnings a Taser is deployed and the suspect is pulled to the ground. He is then handcuffed and taken away before officers search the car.

A PSNI spokesperson confirmed that officers from the Organised Crime Unit seized suspected class A drugs and arrested three men, two aged 39 and one 22.

She said: "A number of follow-up searches have been conducted in the north Belfast, Holywood and Ballymena areas in connection with organised crime and police enquiries are ongoing."

Detective Chief Inspector Brian Foster said: "Tackling the illegal supply and use of drugs is a priority for police and seizures such as this demonstrate our ongoing commitment to tackling the scourge of drugs in our society."

The Police Ombudsman is now investigating the use of the Taser.

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