Detectives from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force have made two arrests, following searches of properties in west Belfast today (Wednesday 30 March).
A 42 year old man and a 36 year old woman were arrested on suspicion of offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, evasion of duty and trading in counterfeit products.
Detective Inspector Maguire said: “A number of properties, both residential and commercial, were searched by officers in west Belfast earlier today.
“The searches were part of an investigation into money laundering, involving the illegal sale of alcohol, cigarettes and counterfeit products.
Contraband cigarettes, alcohol, cash and suspected counterfeit clothing have been seized during today’s search operation.
“We will continue to work with our partners in the Paramilitary Crime Task Force to disrupt such organised criminality.
“We’re grateful to local communities for their continued support, and would ask anyone with information or concerns to contact us on 101.”
Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org