27/07/2017

Large Quantity Of Contraband Cigarettes And Tobacco Seized

Two men have been arrested in connection with the discovery of a large quantity of contraband cigarettes and tobacco in Belfast and North Down.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Branch, investigating organised criminality involving loyalist paramilitaries, carried out a number of searches and seized more than 54,000 contraband cigarettes, 7.5 kilos of rolled tobacco, and a number of high value items, including two vehicles and approximately £70,000 in cash.
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The searches were carried out on 24 and 25 July. Two men, aged 34 and 29, were arrested and have since been released on police bail.

Detective Inspector Whoriskey said: "This is a demonstration of our determination to tackle organised crime and those that gain from it. I would appeal for anyone with information regarding criminality by paramilitary organisations to contact police on 101. Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

(MH/LM)

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