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Man (53) arrested as £36,000 of suspected drugs seized in raid linked to UDA criminality 

The house was searched in the Ballyholme area of Bangor in North Down

Suspected drugs recovered in Bangor

Clodagh Meaney

The PSNI have seized £36,000 of suspected drugs during a search of a residential property linked to UDA criminality.

Detectives from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force, investigating suspected drugs criminality linked to the gang in North Down searched a property in the Ballyholme area of Bangor.

The team, working with local officers, enlisted the help of Police Dog Jess.

Police dog Jess

During the search, a quantity of suspected Class A controlled drugs and a mixing agent, with an estimated value of approximately £36,000, were recovered.

A 53-year-old-man was arrested and remains in police custody at this time.

In a statement, Detective Inspector O’Neill said: “Today’s arrest reflects our ongoing commitment to safeguarding local people.

“I want to remind people that those involved with illegal drugs are putting money straight into the hands of paramilitaries. That’s as well as causing potential long-term damage to health, both physical and psychological.

“I’m keen to thank the community for their continued support and would encourage anyone with information, or concerns, to contact us on 101. Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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