Detectives from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF) have today, Friday 27 May, arrested three men following searches in east Belfast.
The searches and arrests are part of an ongoing PCTF investigation into suspected drugs criminality linked to the East Belfast UVF.
The three – aged 41, 55 and 64 – were arrested after a quantity of cocaine, with an estimated street value of approximately £200,000, was seized along with a sum of cash.
Two of the men – aged 41 and 64 – were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a Class A controlled drug.
The 55-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class A controlled drug and possession of a Class A controlled drug with intent to supply.
Detective Inspector Maguire said: “This is a substantial and significant seizure of harmful Class A drugs, which have now been safely removed from our streets and community.
“It demonstrates the PCTF’s ongoing commitment to safeguard local people, and to tackle the supply, use and harrowing consequences of illegal drugs.
“Those involved with illicit drugs are putting money straight into the hands of paramilitaries, whose only concern is financial gain and control.
“They care nothing about those lives and relationships that get ruined along the way.
“I’m keen to thank local people for their continued support, and would encourage anyone with information, or concerns, to contact us on 101.
“Information can also be provided, anonymously, to the independent charity Crimestoppers 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 www.drugsandalcoholni.info
This also includes details of services available for individuals affected by someone else’s drinking and/or drug misuse.