Nine men charged after east Belfast UVF police raids
Nine men have been charged with various offences after police raids targeting loyalist paramilitaries in Belfast.
Officers from the PSNI's Paramilitary Crime Task Force seized drugs, cash and expensive cars and jewellery in an operation on Friday morning it described as targeting "the criminal activities of the UVF".
A total of 14 searches were conducted in Belfast, Newtownards and Comber and 11 suspects, aged between 22 and 48, taken into police custody for questioning.
Four men aged 22, 27, 29 and 38 are to appear in court on Saturday charged with drugs offences.
Four other men aged 32, 47 and two both aged 48, have also been charged with being concerned in the supply of a Class A controlled drug and are due to appear at Belfast Magistrates' Court on April 18.
A 34-year-old man has been charged with unlawfully obtaining of/disclosure of personal data and will also appear at Belfast Magistrates' Court on April 18.
A 32-year-old man arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class A controlled drug with intent to supply has been released on bail pending further enquiries.
And a 40-year-old man arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class B controlled drug, intimidation and improper use of electronic communications has been released to be reported to the Public Prosecution Service.
As is normal procedure all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.
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