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Ballymena seizure 10th February 2024

Drugs with street value of £225,000 seized in ongoing investigation into UDA-linked drugs criminality

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Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Paramilitary Crime Task Force have today, Saturday 10th February, arrested a man and seized a quantity of suspected  Class A and Class B controlled drugs with a combined estimated street value of £90,000.

Ballymena seizure 10th February 2024
The drugs seized in the Harryville area of Ballymena.

Detective Inspector Phelan said: “Officers carried out a search at a property in the Harryville area of Ballymena as part of an ongoing investigation into drugs criminality linked to the Ulster Defence Association (UDA).

“A number of items have been seized including a large quantity of controlled drugs, electronic devices and suspected stolen property. They have been taken away for further forensic examination.

“A 48-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A and Class B controlled drugs, possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply, cultivating cannabis and theft. He is currently in police custody at this time.

“The Paramilitary Crime Task Force continues to seize and remove dangerous and harmful drugs from the streets, whilst also disrupting paramilitary finance streams linked to the sale of these drugs.

“I would ask anyone with information about the supply of illegal drugs to contact police on 101 and assist us in our efforts to make this country a safer place for all.”

Alternatively, you can submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via 
You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at



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