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The PCTF arrested eight men and one woman as part of a cross-border investigation

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Eight men and one woman have been arrested in relation to the sale and supply of drugs linked to the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA).

Working as part of the Joint Agency Task Force (JATF), officers from An Garda Síochána and the PSNI conducted a two-day cross border investigation targeting organised illegal drug criminality linked to the INLA.

Gardaí conducted seven searches of properties in Kerrykeel and Buncrana in Co. Donegal and Finglas in Co. Dublin on Wednesday, June 9th as part of the investigation.

The search operation resulted in a number of electronic devices being seized and involved local Detective and Drug Units, the Special Detective Unit, the Armed Support Unit, and the Garda Dog Unit.

Meanwhile, officers from the PSNI Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF) conducted eight searches in Co. Derry and seized a significant quantity of suspected cannabis, suspected Class A controlled drugs, and a substantial quantity of cash in Euros.

These searches were supported by colleagues from Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Operational Support Department and local District Policing.

The PCTF arrested eight men and one woman as part of this cross-border investigation.

These individuals, aged between 27 and 42, were arrested in the Derry and Limavady areas yesterday and today.

The woman has been released on street bail and all eight men remain in custody at this time.

Superintendent Goretti Sheridan of the Buncrana Garda District said: “This operation has been ongoing since the summer of 2020 where An Garda Síochána and the PSNI have been liaising and gathering intelligence regarding the unlawful activities of the INLA, an unlawful organisation, and their involvement in the sale and supply of drugs in the northwest, on both sides of the border.

“Our search operation yesterday forms part of our continued efforts to disrupt the movements and activities of organised crime groups and works to reduce and prevent criminal activity in border areas.

Commenting on the cross-border operation Detective Chief Superintendent John McVea, Head of Criminal Investigation Branch added: “The INLA in the northwest are involved in all forms of criminality including the organised illegal supply of controlled drugs. This operation looks to take action against those involved in this illegal drugs supply.

“This operation is a prime example of how the Joint Agency Task Force (JATF) works on the ground to tackle organised and cross jurisdictional crime.

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“The Cross Border JATF continues to provide opportunities for, and promote real time collaboration, between An Garda Síochána and the PSNI in our combined efforts to frustrate, disrupt and dismantle the activity of organised crime groups,” he said.

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