Northern Ireland

INLA probe: Drugs, shotgun and ammunition seized in west Belfast search

The PSNI said a security alert in Co Fermanagh has ended
Police said the search took place in west Belfast on Wednesday (Niall Carson/PA)

Suspected illegal drugs, a shotgun and ammunition have been seized in west Belfast by police investigating criminality linked to the INLA.

Detectives from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF) searched a property in the Dermott Hill Road area on Wednesday.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “As a result of the search, a quantity of suspected cocaine with an estimated street value of £100,000 was seized along with assorted drugs-related paraphernalia, a sawn-off shotgun and ammunition.

“Enquiries are ongoing.

“This seizure is a demonstration of the PCTF’s commitment to tackle all types of criminality linked to paramilitaries, as we work together to rid our communities of the harm these groups cause.

“We thank the public for their continued support and assure you that we will continue to act on the information you provide.

“I would encourage anyone with information on suspicious activity in the Dermott Hill area, or the supply or use of illegal drugs, to contact police on 101.”