As part of an ongoing operation into suspected drugs criminality linked to East Belfast UVF, officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task (PCTF) searched a number of properties in the East Belfast area today, Tuesday, 25 May.

Approximately twenty thousand pounds in cash was seized and will be subject to further investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Kelly said: “East Belfast UVF remain a priority for the PCTF due to the Human Rights abuses they carry in their local community.

They claim to protect local people but in reality use violence or the threat of violence to control and intimidate for their own gain.

Police, working with our partners and communities, are committed to tackling the scourge of this type of organised criminality.

Anyone with any information or concerns regarding criminality in the community can contact 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

The Police Service of Northern Ireland is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that will assist the investigation to contact us on the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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