OFFICERS from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF) investigating suspected drug criminality linked to east Belfast UVF have carried out a number of searches in the Dundonald area.
Following this proactive policing operation on Friday a quantity of suspected class A, B and C controlled drugs, cutting agent, bags and scales and a significant amount of cash were seized.
A 40 year old man was arrested on suspicion of various drugs offences.
Two women are to be reported to the PPS on suspicion of drugs offences.
Detective Inspector Hamilton said “Today’s operation is evidence that the PCTF will continue to investigate all aspects of criminality being carried out by anyone purporting to be operating under the convenient flag of a paramilitary organisation.
“Paramilitaries are not defenders of their communities, instead they are criminals who prey on vulnerable people and exploit any circumstances they can for their own gain.
“We know that the communities most affected utterly support our ongoing efforts and want to work with us to end the harm caused by the criminal activity of paramilitaries.
“I would encourage anyone with any information regarding criminal activity to contact police on 101 or alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”