Man arrested as part of investigation into activities of South East Antrim UDA is released on bail pending further enquiries

A 42-year-old man arrested following searches by the Paramilitary Crime Task Force in the Larne area on Friday has been released on bail pending further enquiries, the PSNI said on Saturday morning.

Officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force investigating the activities of South East Antrim UDA had arrested the man following searches in the Larne area.

Detective Inspector Lynne Knox said on Friday: “In a planned search today, Friday, 25 January, under the Misuse of drugs Act, officers seized a quantity of suspected cocaine.

“We are actively tackling the issue of drugs and I would appeal to the public to speak to us if they have any concerns or information regarding drugs in their communities.

“In fact information from the local community leads us to believe that these drugs may have been destined for distribution to children and adults in the area. I cannot stress enough that people who peddle drugs have no thought for anyone in their community.

“I would ask anyone who is aware of any individual involved in the supply of drugs to contact their local police on 101. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

The Police Service of Northern Ireland, HM Revenue & Customs and the National Crime Agency established the PCTF to tackle criminality linked to paramilitary activity as part of the Executive’s action plan on Tackling Paramilitary Activity, Criminality, and Organised Crime.

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