22/06/2018

Police Seize Cash, Computers And Phones During Antrim Operation

Cash, computers and mobile phones have been seized during a police operation in Antrim.

Officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF), led by the National Crime Agency (NCA), carried out searches at four properties in the Carrickfergus, Ballycarry and Larne areas on Thursday, 21 June.

The searches related to civil recovery investigations being undertaken by the PCTF under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, and were undertaken with a view to identifying recoverable or associated property.

Following the searches, documents, computers, and mobile phones were seized by officers. Around £6,000 in cash was also seized at one property in Ballycarry.

No arrests have been made and investigations are continuing.
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NCA branch commander, Billy Beattie, said: "We are clear that we are determined to prevent those engaged in criminality from benefiting financially from their actions, and the civil recovery powers that the NCA brings to the PCTF are a powerful tool in that regard. Those involved in criminal acts should know that we are not just after them, but also their money.

"In respect of the searches carried out today, our investigations will continue with the material that we have seized."

PSNI's Head of Criminal Investigation Branch, Detective Chief Superintendent Tim Mairs, said: "We would encourage anyone with information to contact the police on 101 or alternatively information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

(LM)

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