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operation venetic Man arrested in Ulster on suspicion of importing class A drugs through haulage firm

The man's arrest is linked to the arrests of several others around the UK thought to be linked to the same organised crime group





A 31-year-old man has been arrested in Banbridge by the NCA supported by the PSNI on suspicion of importing class A drugs through a haulage firm.

He was arrested as part of Operation Venetic, the UK's response to the takedown of Encrochat, an encrypted communications platform used by criminals and organised crime syndicates around the globe.

The arrest took place on Wednesday morning in the Brookfield Avenue area of the town.

The NCA say they suspect the man may have played a role in the importation of class A drugs into the UK from mainland Europe through his position at a County Armagh-based haulage firm.

He was taken to Carlisle police station for questioning.

The NCA say the man's arrest is linked to the arrests of several others throughout the UK in the last 12 months who are suspected to have played a role within the same organised crime group.

NCA Belfast Branch Commander David Cunningham said: “We continue to work with partners to investigate a number of drug importations that can be linked back to hauliers in Northern Ireland.

“We remain committed to pursuing those involved in the trafficking of illicit drugs whose actions fuel violence and exploitation in our communities.

“Investigations into the actions of this suspected OCG continue.”

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