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Police seize £125k of suspected drugs with follow up searches conducted in Mid & East Antrim

Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland's Organised Crime Unit have arrested two men and seized suspected Class B controlled drugs with a potential street value of £125,000.

The males aged 30 and 57 were arrested yesterday, Tuesday 24th January in the Springfield Road area of Belfast. They both remain in police custody at this time.

Searches were also conducted at six premises across Belfast and Mid & East Antrim with a number of items seized.

Detective Inspector Kelly said:

"The arrests are linked to an investigation whereby a number of drug seizures were made in the past eight months. During this time Class B controlled drugs with a potential street value of £2.4 million were seized by officers from UK Border Force, the Metropolitan Police and Leicestershire Police.

"It is believed the men are linked to an organised crime network involved in the importation and distribution of drugs in Northern Ireland, which has links to organised criminals in England and North America.

"Proceeds of this criminality not only fund this crime network but other local criminal and paramilitary gangs they supply to. The sole motive is cash and the money generated from peddling to vulnerable users funds their criminal lifestyle. These seizures and arrests will no doubt have had a significant impact to their criminal enterprise.

"I would ask if anyone has any information about suspected drug dealing in their area to call the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, information can also be given anonymously to the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111."

Anyone who thinks they might have a problem with alcohol and/or drugs and would like to get help can visit This also includes details of services available for individuals affected by someone else's drinking and/or drug misuse.


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