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Police also uncovered a taser in the search

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The stash of drugs and a gun seized by police

The stash of drugs and a gun seized by police

The stash of drugs and a gun seized by police

A gun and drugs, as well as a taser and a quantity of cash, has been found by police investigating suspected drugs criminality linked to the INLA.

The search was undertaken at a property in west Belfast by members of the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF) who were assisted by officers from West Belfast Local Policing Team.

Officers seized suspected cocaine, amphetamines and cannabis in the search.

A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a class A drug and possession of a class B drug as well as firearms offences and possessing criminal property. He remains in custody.

Detective Inspector Hamilton said: “I am pleased to report the seizure of this firearm and ammunition to the people of west Belfast and indeed the wider community. We have removed the ability of these criminals to terrorise members of the community and our city is undoubtedly a safer place today as a result.

“Drugs cause untold harm in our communities and last night’s search is further evidence that PCTF are proactively pursuing drug criminals who prey on vulnerable members of our community. We will continue to listen to the public and act on the information they provide us, to target those criminals, involved in the sale and supply of illegal drugs at every opportunity.”

The detective added: “I would encourage members of the public with information regarding criminal activity to call 101, or you can submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/ .

“The independent charity Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/.”

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