An operation targeting paramilitaries in Belfast uncovered drugs valued at more than â¬ 120,000.
The Northern Police Service said officers from its Specialized Paramilitary Crime Task Force were investigating suspected drug-related offenses linked to East Belfast UVF, when they made the discovery today.
Earlier today, they raided a vehicle in east Belfast, finding and seizing suspected herbal cannabis with an estimated market value of â¬ 117,000.
A subsequent search of a neighboring house uncovered cocaine with an estimated market value of â¬ 4,600 and other items suspected of being criminal property.
A 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class A controlled drug and possession of a Class A controlled drug with intent to supply.
He is also suspected of possession of a controlled class B drug, possession of a controlled class B drug with intent to deliver and possession of criminal property. He remains in detention.
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PSNI Detective Inspector Arnie O’Neill said the seizure would cut funding for the paramilitaries.
âParamilitary groups rely on the income they derive from their involvement in the supply of controlled drugs to fund their crime at large.
âBy targeting drug-related activities, not only are we removing illegal drugs from the streets, which in themselves cause damage through addiction, debt and their effects on physical and mental health, we are also removing funds from the pockets of the paramilitaries and therefore loosening their control over the communities that ultimately want them to disappear.