DETECTIVES from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force have charged eight men over an investigation into east Belfast UVF’s involvement in the supply of Class A drugs.
Four men aged 22, 27, 29 and 38, who were arrested during a search by the Paramilitary Crime Task Force yesterday (Friday 22 March) in the Greater Belfast and Ards areas have been charged with a offences, including being concerned in the supply of a Class A controlled drug.
All four men are due to appear at Belfast Magistrates’ Court this morning Saturday, March 23 for a first remand hearing.
Four other men arrested yesterday, aged 32, 47 and two both aged 48, have also been charged with being concerned in the supply of a Class A controlled drug and are due to appear at Belfast Magistrates’ Court on 18th April.
A ninth man, aged 34 and who was also arrested yesterday, has been charged with unlawfully obtaining of/disclosure of personal data to appear at Belfast Magistrates’ Court on 18th April.
As is normal procedure all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.
A 32-year-old man arrested yesterday on suspicion of possession of a Class A controlled drug with intent to supply has been released on bail pending further enquiries.
A 40-year-old man arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class B controlled drug, intimidation and improper use of electronic communications has been released to be reported to the Public Prosecution Service.