Detectives from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force investigating suspected criminality linked to the East Belfast UVF, have arrested a 20 year old man.

The arrest follows search operations conducted in East Belfast and Newtownards today, Tuesday 14th November.

A quantity of suspected herbal cannabis worth an estimated £15,000 and a quantity of cash was seized.

The man was arrested on suspicion of drugs and money laundering offences. 

He remains police custody at this time. 

Detective Inspector Maguire said: “We will continue to work with communities and partners to disrupt those involved in criminal activity, and I would appeal to anyone with information or concerns about illegal activity, or anyone with any information that can assist our investigations, to call police on 101, or submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via

“You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at”