Detectives have recovered a suspected firearm and large quantity of suspected Class B drugs as part of an operation earlier today, Monday 17 June, in which a number of searches were conducted in Derry/Londonderry and in Antrim.

The operation led by North West Criminal Investigation involved three searches at addresses in Derry/Londonderry, while a fourth search was conducted at an address in Antrim. It was during the search in Antrim the suspected weapon was seized. As the investigation continues, the suspected firearm will now be the subject of forensic testing.

During this operation a large quantity of suspected Class B drugs with an estimated street value of £17,000 was found at an address in Derry/Londonderry

Two men, aged 50 and 58 years have also been arrested as part of the investigation, and they both remain in custody at this time, assisting police with enquiries.

We are grateful for the support of local communities and we want to take this opportunity to encourage anyone with information, or concerns, to contact us on 101 or report online via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport

Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org