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Over £10,000 and wine worth £30,000 seized by officers investigating organised crime in Newry area

A 47-year-old man has been arrested and is in custody after today's operation which saw three searches carried out in the area

Over £10,000 and wine worth £30,000 have been seized by specialist officers investigating organised crime in the Newry area.

And a man has been arrested after detectives from the PSNI’s Criminal Investigation Branch today (Wednesday) carried out searches as part of Operation Venetic.

Detective Inspector McCamley said: “Detectives from Criminal Investigation Branch’s Organised Crime Unit continue to play their part in the UK’s biggest law enforcement operation against serious and organised criminality.

“As part of this, officers carried out a search of three properties in the Newry area today.

“Detectives seized a quantity of cash in excess of £10,000, one vehicle and several pallets of wine valued at approximately £30,000 on behalf of HMRC who will carry out an investigation in respect of potential evasion of excise duty.

“A 47-year-old man was arrested as part of the operation for Entering into an Arrangement to Acquire Criminal Property. He has been taken to custody where he is being questioned by detectives.

“This is an example of our ongoing commitment to bring those involved in criminal activity to justice. Working alongside our partner agencies, we will continue to disrupt the movements and activities of Organised Crime Gangs.

“We recognise the harm caused in our communities as a result of organised crime and we will continue to keep people safe from this activity.

“Anyone with information about any criminality should contact police on 101 or anonymously through the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111, which gives people the power to speak up and stop crime and help us keep your community safe. You can also submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/

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