COPS SMASH DISSIDENT REPUBLICAN CIGARETTE SALES DURING BELFAST RAIDS

Dissidents sell contraband cigarettes to fund terror campaign

ANTI-TERRORIST detectives have a struck a blow against racketeering by dissident republicans.

Cigarettes and financial documentation were seized following intelligence-led searches linked to dissident republican activity in the Greater Belfast area.

The planned operation was conducted by detectives from the Serious Crime Branch on Thursday.

During the searches a number of items were taken away but no arrests were made. Inquiries are continuing.

The PSNI said: “A quantity of cigarettes and tobacco was seized during the searches as well as financial documentation. There have been no arrests.”

Terrorists are deeply involved in the supply of contraband cigarettes and tobacco illegally imported from Europe and Asia through ports in Belfast and Dublin.

 

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