Police conduct searches in Carrickfergus area connected to South East Antrim UDA
Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF) officers conducted a number of searches in the Carrickfergus area today, Friday, 7 May.
These searches were carried out as part of ongoing investigations into suspected criminality linked to South East Antrim UDA.
Searches were conducted at two residential addresses, during which a quantity of suspected illegal drugs was recovered and items seized for further examination.
Detective Inspector O’Neill said:
"These searches which were conducted along with colleagues from Neighbourhood Policing Team and Tactical Support Units, illustrates our determination to tackle all aspects of criminality being carried out by those purporting to be operating under the convenient flag of a paramilitary organisation.
"Paramilitaries are not defenders of their communities. They are criminals who prey on vulnerable people and exploit whatever circumstances they can for their own gain.
“I would appeal to anyone with information relating to any form of criminality to call police on the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, you can submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/. The independent charity Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland, HM Revenue & Customs and the National Crime Agency have established the Paramilitary Crime Task Force to tackle criminality linked to paramilitarism as part of the Executive’s action plan on tackling paramilitary activity, criminality and organised crime.