Northern Ireland

Man (28) arrested in Ballymoney as part of UDA drugs probe

The arrest followed the search of a premises in the Dervock area (Niall Carson/PA)
The arrest followed the search of a premises in the Dervock area (Niall Carson/PA) The arrest followed the search of a premises in the Dervock area (Niall Carson/PA)

A 28-year-old man has been arrested in Ballymoney as part of a drugs probe into the North Antrim UDA.

The arrest was made on Friday morning after officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF) searched a property in the Dervock area.

It was part of an ongoing investigation into suspected criminality linked to the North Antrim UDA.

A police spokesperson said: “As a result of the search, a 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A and Class B controlled drugs, possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and possession of criminal property.

"He remains in custody at this time.

“A quantity of suspected Class A and Class B drugs has been seized along with a number of phones, cash, suspected drugs supply paraphernalia and a quantity of fireworks.

"The items will now be taken away for further forensic examination.”

They continued: “Our enquiries remain ongoing and this morning’s search is a demonstration of the PCTF’s commitment to tackle all types of criminality linked to paramilitaries, in an ongoing effort to rid our communities of the harm these groups cause and of their coercive control.

"We would like to thank the local community for their continued support and will continue to act on the information you provide us."

Anyone with information about the supply of illegal drugs has been urged contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.