| 10.3°C Dublin

Busted Six arrested as part of investigation into suspected crime group with links to Northern Ireland

'We suspect the hauliers involved were providing logistics for organised crime groups involved in drug supply, both in the UK and Ireland'

Close


Six people have been arrested in the UK following an investigation into a suspected crime group with links to Northern Ireland. 

Officers from the National Crime Agency believe a Northern Ireland-based haulage company has been moving class A and B drugs from the continent into Britain with cash going in the opposite direction.

One man, a 44-year-old who has been living in Nottinghamshire but is originally from Newry handed himself in at a police station in Nottingham yesterday.

He was arrested and questioned over offences including drug importation, drug supply and money laundering.

A 58-year-old man from Birmingham also handed himself in to the NCA in Nottingham and was arrested on suspicion of money laundering offences.

At the same time a man from Tamworth (53) was arrested on suspicion of money laundering at a location in Essex.

And a man and woman, aged 51 and 21, were arrested on suspicion of supplying class B drugs at their home address in Peckham, London.

A small quantity of class B and C drugs were recovered from the location and 17-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply.

NCA Belfast Branch Commander David Cunningham said the investigation had identified a number of importations of drugs by hauliers with links to Northern Ireland.

“We suspect the hauliers involved were providing logistics for organised crime groups involved in drug supply, both in the UK and Ireland,” he said.

”The drugs trade fuels violence and exploitation in our communities, and today’s arrests are yet another example of the NCA and its partners working together to protect the public.

“Our investigation, which has been supported by Border Force, An Garda Siochána and the Police Service of Northern Ireland, will continue.”

The investigation has already seen the seizure of 32 kilos of cannabis found by Border Force in a lorry that was about to board a ferry from Holyhead to Ireland in November 2018.

Sunday World Newsletter

Sign up for the latest news and updates

This field is required This field is required

In another, around 32 kilos of cocaine and 50 kilos of heroin were recovered from a purpose built hide in a trailer at Harwich port in April 2019.

Around £1 million cash has also been seized during the course of the investigation.

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices


Privacy