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Man arrested and cocaine seized in Ballymena in operation linked to South East Antrim UDA


Detectives from the PSNI’s Paramilitary Crime Task Force investigating drugs criminality linked to South East Antrim UDA, arrested a man and recovered a quantity of suspected cocaine with an estimated street value of £10,000 in the Ballymena area yesterday afternoon (Friday 12th November).


Police have charged the 38 year old man with possession of a Class A controlled drug and possession of a Class A controlled with intent to supply.


Detective Inspector McCamley said:


“At around 4:30pm, it was reported that a car was stopped at the Carnlough Road under the Misuse of Drugs Act. A search was carried out of the vehicle and a quantity of suspected cocaine was subsequently recovered.


“The man was later arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class A controlled drug and possession of a Class A controlled with intent to supply. He remains in police custody at this time.


“People who bring drugs into our communities don’t care about the inevitable pain and heartache they bring to individuals and their loved ones. Their only concern is financial gain, with no thought for the lives that get destroyed along the way. “With the continued help and support of the public, we are committed to removing drugs from our streets and putting those responsible before the courts. I would appeal to anyone with information, or concerns, about the use or supply of illegal drugs to contact us on 101.”



He is due to appear at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday 15 November. As is normal procedure, all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

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