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Over £16k and items seized during INLA searches in Derry

Police carried out searches in relation to INLA activity.
Police carried out searches in relation to INLA activity.

Police seized over £16k in cash and a number of items during INLA searches in Londonderry on Thursday.

Detectives from the PSNI's Organised Crime Unit carried out six searches in relation to an investigation into INLA criminality.

Searches were conducted in Derry city centre, Galliagh and Shantallow areas of the city.

PSNI were supported by HMRC officers during four of the searches and a number of items were seized including counterfeit clothing, mobile phones, computers and documentation.

Detective Inspector Tom McClure of the PSNI's Organised Crime Unit said the searches followed a number of recent operations targeting the INLA.

“INLA claim to be protecting their communities from crime however in reality they themselves are heavily involved in a wide range of criminal money-making ‘rackets’ including extortion, supply of controlled drugs, counterfeit goods and money laundering," he said.

"They bring harm and misery to people in the local area and whilst people who buy counterfeit goods may think this is a victimless crime, ultimately the profits of these items are indirectly funding INLA’s other criminality including dealing harmful drugs which destroy local families.

“Today’s operation demonstrates our commitment to bringing those involved in the criminality associated with Paramilitarism before the courts and we know that the communities most affected by INLA’s drug dealing and violence support our ongoing efforts.

"I would appeal for anyone with information regarding criminality by paramilitary organisations to contact police on 101. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

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