Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF) have today, Friday 24th November carried out two searches in Newtownards.

The searches were part of an ongoing investigation into criminality linked to West Belfast UDA.

Detective Inspector Corrigan said: “Following the seizure of suspected Class B controlled drugs with an estimated street value of £22,500, officers searched two properties in the Glen Estate area of Newtownards. A quantity of suspected Class C controlled drugs, a sum of cash and a mobile phone were also seized during the proactive policing operation.

“Our enquiries remain ongoing and this morning’s searches 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.

“I would encourage anyone with information about the supply or use of illegal drugs to contact police on 101. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at “