11/12/2019

Drugs & Cash Seized In INLA Probe

The PSNI's Paramilitary Crime Task Force has recovered quantities of suspected drugs and £20,000 in cash during searches in L'Derry.

The discovery in the Cityside area on Tuesday 10 December was part of a two-day joint operation with An Garda Siochana targeting criminality linked to the INLA.

Irish Gardaí seized a number of items from properties in Co Donegal, while suspected class A and B drugs were discovered with the cash in L'Derry.

Detective Inspector Phelan said: "The INLA claim to be protecting their communities from crime however in reality they themselves are heavily involved in a wide range of criminality including extortion, the supply of illegal drugs, counterfeit goods and money laundering.
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"Their main objective is to line their pockets, regardless of the harm and misery that they bring to people in the local area. They act as judge and jury, carrying out paramilitary style attacks that they claim are in the best interests of their community but the reality is that they allow people to deal drugs so long as they pay them a hefty portion of the profits. Many families in Derry/Londonderry have been destroyed as a result of those who deal harmful drugs."

Detective Inspector Phelan appealed to anyone with information regarding criminality by paramilitary organisations to contact police on 101. Alternatively, information can be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous.



(JG/CM)

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