Organised Crime Detectives Seize High Value Goods

Organised Crime Branch Seize Cash, Weaponry, Artwork and Suspected Drugs

Organised Crime Branch Seize Cash, Weaponry, Artwork and Suspected Drugs

Assisted by Neighbourhood Policing Team and Tactical Support Group officers, 10 searches were carried out at locations in the south-east area of Northern Ireland.

They were conducted in in Crossmaglen, Lurgan, Larne, Glenarm and Carnlough as part of an ongoing proactive policing operation targeting organised crime gangs involved in the supply of drugs.

Artwork seized by the Organised Crime Branch.

Detective Inspector Conor Sweeney said: “Along with approximately £40,000 and 25,000 euro and high value items, these searches – which were conducted on Wednesday, October 12 and Thursday, October 13 – also resulted in the seizure of watches, weaponry including machetes, over 100 rounds of illegally held ammunition, an imitation firearm and suspected cannabis.

“A cannabis ‘grow house’ was also discovered at one of the locations.

“We remain committed to locating and seizing illegal drugs to take such dangerous substances off the streets.

Seized: imitation goods.

“However, the organised crime gangs involved in such activity should be left in no doubt – we will also identify the money and assets they have made through their invidious trade, and we will take these assets off them.

“We will continue to work with local communities and together we will keep fighting those who prey on the most vulnerable in these communities.

“We rely on the community to help us.

“We will act on any information you can provide us.

“So I would ask anyone with information about any criminality to contact police on 101.

“Or anonymously through the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111, which gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”