Belfast Telegraph

PSNI seizes drugs after raids in Belfast, Newtownabbey and Derry: Two arrests

By Sue Doherty

Police in Northern Ireland have recovered drugs, cigarettes and money following searches in Belfast, Newtownabbey and Londonderry on Tuesday, May 16.

A 53-year-old man was arrested yesterday at Sprucefield, Lisburn following a search of a vehicle. He is being held on suspicion of money laundering and possession with intent to supply cannabis and is due to appear at a Belfast court today.

In Derry on Tuesday, Ballyarnett Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) charged a man for numerous drugs offences. The arrest followed a four month long investigation.

When a car was seized during this operation, a man initially denied owning it, PSNI Derry City and Strabane tweeted.

He soon realised however, that he needed items in the car, including his favourite coat.

Also on on Tuesday, detectives from PSNI’s Reactive and Organised Crime Branch assisted HMRC officials in searching five commercial premises in Belfast and and one in the Newtownabbey area.

Detective Inspector Pete Mullan said the search was "in relation to organised criminal activity" and 6,000 cigarettes, nearly 2kg of tobacco and a substantial sum of money were seized.

In Derry on Sunday evening, police carried out a search of a property in the Carnhill area of the city.

A number of items including suspected Class A and B controlled drugs, prescription medicines and drugs’ paraphernalia, as well as a number of electronic storage devices were seized for further examination.

Officers came under attack from stone-throwing youths in the area and a number of police vehicles were damaged as a result, a PSNI spokesperson stated.

Detective Inspector Tom McClure from Reactive and Organised Crime Branch appealed to the public for information.

He said: “This investigation is ongoing. We are committed to tackling illegal drugs and keeping communities safe. 

"I would continue to appeal to members of the public to come forward with any information about the supply or use of illegal drugs by contacting police on the non-emergency number 101.

“Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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