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Two held for 'cocaine factory' quiz


Police raided a suspected cocaine factory

Police raided a suspected cocaine factory

Police raided a suspected cocaine factory

A man and woman in their 30s have been arrested after a suspected cocaine factory was shut down, police have said.

Drugs with an estimated street value of £600,000 were seized along with £300,000 cash and three Mercedes cars during the overnight operation by officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

PSNI superintendent Stephen Reid said the raid had been intelligence led.

He said: "This is a very substantial haul in which three luxury cars were seized on the suspicion that they were purchased with the proceeds of crime.

"This is a prime example of PSNI officers keeping people safe."

An imitation firearm, 30 mobile phones, amphetamines, drugs paraphernalia including a suspected cocaine press and steroids were also removed when officers swooped on properties in the Ballyhenry and Dalewood areas of Newtownabbey, Co Antrim.

The 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of six offences including possession of a class A drugs with intent to supply.

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The 31-year-old the woman is being questioned about nine alleged offences including conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs and possessing criminal property.

The PSNI said both suspects were assisting police with their inquiries.

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