Raids targeting UDA net cash and drugs

A series of police raids targeting the South East Antrim UDA were carried out in Ballyclare and Carrickfergus this week, the PSNI has said.

By Niall Deeney
Tuesday, 9th June 2020, 6:35 pm

Cash and suspected drugs were found.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “On Wednesday, 3 June a number of items including cash were seized, and on Monday, 8 June following a series of four coordinated searches a number of items including suspected Class A controlled Drugs were seized in the Carrickfergus area.”

The searches were carried out by the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF) with support from local PSNI Neighbourhood officers and officers from the PSNI’s Tactical Support Group.

PSNI Detective Inspector O’Neill said: “These searches are evidence that the PCTF will continue to investigate all aspects of criminality being carried out by anyone purporting to be operating under the convenient flag of a paramilitary organisation. Paramilitaries are not defenders of their communities, instead they are criminals who prey on vulnerable people and exploit any circumstances they can for their own gain.

“Anyone with information about any criminality linked to paramilitaries should contact police on 101 or anonymously through the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111, which gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

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