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Three arrested as part of major PSNI drug supply investigation following seizure of £750,000 of cocaine and cannabis- gun, machete, knife and cash also seized

Detectives have arrested three people as part of a major investigation into drugs supply following the seizure of £750,000 worth of cocaine and cannabis.

A 48-year-old man was arrested in Londonderry on suspicion of supplying Class A and B drugs following the seizure of suspected cocaine and herbal cannabis estimated to be worth more than £750,000 from a vehicle that was stopped by police in Belfast on February 8 2017.

He is currently in custody being interviewed at Strand Road Police Station.

A 34-year-old man was arrested in the Newtownabbey area on suspicion of supplying Class A and B drugs following the same seizure in February 2017.

During a search of a house in the Newtownabbey area police seized a loaded handgun, machete, knife, stab proof vest, quantity of cash and cash counting machine.

The man and a 25-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life and possession of a firearm and ammunition in suspicious circumstances.

The man was also arrested on suspicion of possession of criminal property and converting criminal property which relates to the purchase of high end watches (£15k).

They have both been taken to Antrim Police Station where they are being questioned by detectives.

Detective Inspector Tom McClure said: “The arrests are linked to the seizure of a substantial quantity of suspected Cocaine and Herbal Cannabis with an estimated street value of over £750,000 that was seized from a vehicle that was stopped by police in Belfast on 08 February 2017. 

"This was a significant haul of drugs recovered by our officers as part of a proactive operation targeting criminals intent on making money from illicit drugs.

“I am pleased to have removed a suspected firearm and ammunition which had the potential to cause serious harm .

“We will continue in our efforts to make Northern Ireland a safer place to live and work by proactively investigating and arresting people involved in serious criminality."

Anyone with information about the use or supply of illegal drugs can contract police on the non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively, information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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