Luxury cars and Rolex watches seized in Co Armagh

Watches seized by the PSNI in Armagh on July 13, 2016
Watches seized by the PSNI in Armagh on July 13, 2016

Police have arrested four people and seized cash, luxury cars and Rolex watches as part of a major operation against organised crime.

The arrests followed the interception of a van which police say was “forcibly stopped” by officers on Armagh’s Killylea Road at around 3pm on Wednesday.

Money seized by the PSNI on July 13, 2016

Money seized by the PSNI on July 13, 2016

Around £10,000 in cash was recovered from the van and a man aged 38 was arrested at the scene.

During a subsequent search at a house on Salters Grange Road, Armagh, police seized a Mercedes S63 AMG car and a BMW X5 vehicle.

As the operation continued, a 31-year-old man was detained at a filling station on the Cathedral Road in the city at around 4.30pm.

In a search at Callan Crescent, police recovered an estimated £160,000 in cash and four “high end” designer watches, and arrested a man aged 58 and a 56-year-old woman.

Bundles of cash seized by the PSNI on July 13

Bundles of cash seized by the PSNI on July 13

The PSNI said it believes the cash and jewellery to be the proceeds of major drugs criminality.

Those in custody are being held on suspicion of a number of offences including possessing, concealing and converting criminal property, as well as drugs supply offences.

A police spokesman said the PSNI will make Northern Ireland a “hostile environment” for drugs offenders, and added: “We will seek to identify them, disrupt their activities, arrest them and place them before the courts.”