Officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force have carried out a search of a property in west Belfast today, Sunday 19th February.

The search in the lower Shankill area was part of an ongoing investigation into suspected criminality linked to the west Belfast UDA.

Detective Inspector Corrigan said: “A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a number of offences, including possession of a Class A controlled drug with intent to supply, possession of a Class B controlled drug and possessing criminal property

“He remains in custody at this time, assisting police with our enquiries.

“A number of items, including a quantity of suspected Class A controlled drugs, Class B controlled drugs, a sum of money and mobile phones were also seized during the search.

“Today’s arrest and seizures are a demonstration of the PCTF’s commitment to tackle all types of criminality linked to paramilitaries, in an ongoing effort to rid our communities of the harm these groups cause and of their coercive control.

“Our enquiries remain ongoing and we would like to thank the local community for their continued support and will continue to act on the information you provide us.

“I would encourage anyone with information about the supply or use of illegal drugs to contact police on 101.”

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