Firearm seized as a result of searches in Banbridge
Firearm seized as a result of searches in Banbridge

Detectives from the Police Service's Organised Crime Branch, supported by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have made two arrests following searches in the Banbridge area.

Detective Sergeant Conlan said: “Officers conducted a number of searches at properties across the Banbridge area today, Thursday 4th April.

“A number of items including tens of thousands of cigarettes, high end vehicles, a sum of money, weapons, including a firearm, and ammunition were seized and have been removed for further forensic examination.

“Two men, aged 36 and 31, were arrested on suspicion of related offences, including possessing criminal property, and remain in custody at this time, assisting with enquiries as the investigation continues.

“Working with our partner agencies, we remain committed in our efforts to bring those who profit from criminality before the courts.

“We rely about combined efforts, including the support of local communities.  It’s crucial that any suspected illicit activity is flagged so that action can be taken, and I’m appealing to anyone with information to contact us on 101.”

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