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The Paramilitary Crime Task Force recovered suspected Class A and Class B drugs following searches at two locations in the city.

The Paramilitary Crime Task Force recovered suspected Class A and Class B drugs following searches at two locations in the city.

The Paramilitary Crime Task Force recovered suspected Class A and Class B drugs following searches at two locations in the city.

Police have been praised for their actions by a local representative in west Belfast after a seizure of suspected drugs and cash linked to the INLA in the area.

The PSNI said officers from their Paramilitary Crime Task Force recovered the quantity of suspected Class A and Class B drugs following searches at two locations in the city.

They also said cash and a number of mobile phones and other electronic equipment was seized.

Paul Doherty, an SDLP representative in the area, welcomed the action by the police.

“Getting these harmful substances off our streets before they can be passed on to anyone could potentially save a life or protect people in our community from serious harm,” he said.

“I welcome the recent actions of the PCTF in addressing drug dealing and paramilitary activity in west Belfast.

“There can be no hiding place for these people within our community, they have no support and all they are doing is destroying families and lives.

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“We need to send a clear message that anyone involved in this kind of activity will face the consequences and be brought to justice.

“Addiction has been a serious issue in our community for some time and has caused untold hurt to families right across this area and the north as a whole.

“It’s important that people who are suffering know that help and support is out there and do not fall victim to groups like these.”

PSNI Detective Inspector Maguire said: “Following proactive searches at two locations in west Belfast, we also recovered a number of mobile phones and electronic equipment.

“The searches and seizures are a demonstration of the PCTF’s commitment to tackle all types of organised criminality linked to paramilitaries, in an ongoing effort to rid our communities of the harm these groups cause and of their coercive control.

"Our enquiries are ongoing and we would like to thank the local community for their continued support and will continue to act on the information you provide us.”


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