Officers find around £170,000 in cash during probe into suspected drugs gang
Luxury cars, jewellery and large sums of cash have been seized by police in Northern Ireland as part of a probe into the activities of a suspected criminal gang.
Four people were also arrested on suspicion of money laundering and drugs offences following three separate searches in Armagh.
The operation began at around 3pm yesterday when officers forcibly stopped a Transit van on the Killylea Road.
Police arrested a 38-year-old man at the scene after finding around £10,000 in cash.
A Mercedes S63 AMG car, a BMW X5 jeep and a quantity of documentation were seized during a subsequent search at a house on Salters Grange Road.
A second suspect, a 31-year-old man, was arrested at a filling station on Cathedral Road at around 4.30pm.
Officers carrying out another search at an address on Callan Crescent then discovered cash estimated to be in the region of £160,000.
Four high-end designer watches and a taser stun gun - which the PSNI believes to be the proceeds of “major drugs criminality” - were also seized.
Police arrested a 58-year-old man and a 56-year-old woman present in the property at the time.
All four individuals remain in custody this morning and will be questioned on suspicion of a number of offences, including possessing, concealing and converting criminal property, as well as drugs supply offences.
The PSNI said in a statement that the operation has “struck a major blow to the activities of an organised gang involved in serious drugs criminality” in Northern Ireland.