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Man (23) questioned by police investigating drugs supply activity of east Belfast UVF

Cannabis with a street value of £75,000 and a quantity of cocaine were seized

A 23-year-old man was last night being questioned by police in relation to an ongoing investigation into drugs supply activity of the east Belfast UVF.

Detectives from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF) along with officers from the PSNI's Auto Crime Team stopped a vehicle during a search operation on Upper Hightown Road in Belfast yesterday.

Cannabis with a street value of £75,000 and a quantity of cocaine were seized.

A 23-year-old man was arrested at the scene for possession of a Class B controlled drug with intent to supply and possession of a Class A controlled drug.

Police said the search was connected to an ongoing investigation into drugs supply activity of the east Belfast UVF.

"The removal of drugs from our streets reflects the Paramilitary Crime Task Force's ongoing commitment to safeguarding the community, " a police spokeswoman said.

"Seizures like this show the PCTF's commitment to listening to the public, investigating and tackling drugs supply linked to and controlled by paramilitary organisations."

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