UVF is linked to £200,000 drugs haul in south Belfast

Suspected drugs estimated at £200,000 in value have been seized in south Belfast.

Sunday, 18th April 2021, 8:07 pm

The PSNI said: “Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF) detectives, supported by local district officers have seized suspected class B drugs with an estimated street value of £200,000 in south Belfast as part of an ongoing operation into criminality linked to East Belfast UVF.”

During the search of the property in the Agincourt Avenue area on Saturday afternoon detectives also seized a van, a sum of cash and a quantity of gold.

Police said: “A 45 year old man was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class B drugs, possession with intent to supply and possession of a class B drug. He remains in custody at this time.”

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Detective Inspector Kerry Brennan said: “The harm caused by illegal drugs should never be underestimated, or the commitment of the PCTF to create a hostile environment for those persons involved in such criminality.”

She said drug criminals are a priority for the PCTF “because they do not care about the devastation they cause; their only concern is lining their pockets”.