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Drug charges Four charged following cross-border operation targeting INLA drug criminality

The PSNI and Guards carried out searches in Co Donegal, Co Dublin, Derry and Limavady

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Some of the drugs uncovered by police during searches linked to INLA drug criminality

Some of the drugs uncovered by police during searches linked to INLA drug criminality

Some of the drugs uncovered by police during searches linked to INLA drug criminality

Four men have been charged with a number of offences following a joint cross-border operation by the PSNI and the Guards targeting drug criminality linked to the INLA in the Derry area.

A 42-year-old man has been charged with four offences, including possession of a class B controlled drug and possession of a class B controlled drug with intent to supply.

Three others, aged 27, 34 and 35, have each been charged with nine offences, including possession of a class B controlled drug and possession of a class B controlled drug with intent to supply.

They appeared today at Londonderry Magistrates Court by video link.

All charges are to be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

A 34-year-old man arrested as part of the operation remains in police custody and a number of others have been released pending reports to the PPS.

The arrests came after searches were undertaken in which police seized a significant quantity of cannabis as well as class A controlled drugs and a substantial quantity of cash in euros.

The PSNI carried out searches in the Derry and Limavady areas while An Garda Síochána's joint agency task force (JATF) conducted seven searches in Kerrykeel and Buncrana in County Donegal as well as in Finglas in County Dublin yesterday as part of the joint operation.

Garda Detective and Drug Units, the Special Detective Unit, the Garda Armed Support unit and the Garda Dog Unit were all involved in the operation.

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