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18/09/2021

BREAKING: 48-year-old man arrested in Derry today in connection with seizure of cocaine and cannabis worth £750,000

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A 48-year-old man was arrested in Derry earlier today by detectives from the PSNI’s Organised Crime Unit as part of a major investigation into drugs supply and money laundering. The man was arrested in Derry on suspicion of supplying Class A and B drugs following the seizure of a substantial quantity of suspected Cocaine and Herbal Cannabis with an estimated street value of over £750,000 from a vehicle that was stopped by police in Belfast on 08 February 2017. He is currently being interviewed at Strand Road Police Station. A 34-year-old man was also arrested in the Newtownabbey area on suspicion of supplying Class A and B drugs following the same seizure on February 8th 2017. During a search of a house in the Newtownabbey area police seized a loaded handgun, machete, knife, stab proof vest, quantity of cash and cash counting machine. The man and a 25-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life and possession of a firearm and ammunition in suspicious circumstances. The man was also arrested on suspicion of possession of criminal property and converting criminal property which relates to the purchase of high end watches (£15,000) . They have both been taken to Antrim Police Station where they are being questioned by detectives. Detective Inspector Tom McClure said: “The arrests are linked to the seizure of a substantial quantity of suspected Cocaine and Herbal Cannabis with an estimated street value of over £750,000 that was seized from a vehicle that was stopped by police in Belfast on 08 February 2017. "This was a significant haul of drugs recovered by our officers as part of a proactive operation targeting criminals intent on making money from illicit drugs. “I am pleased to have removed a suspected firearm and ammunition which had the potential to cause serious harm."

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