6 people arrested during investigation into east Belfast UVF

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Chief Superintendent Jonathan Roberts

by PA Reporter and Q Radio News

Six people have been arrested in an operation targeting the criminal activities of a Loyalist paramilitary organisation in Northern Ireland.

A 46-year-old woman, along with five men aged between 24 and 40 years, were arrested at locations across north Belfast, east Belfast, Newtownards and Newtownabbey on Friday.

They are being questioned by detectives in Belfast on suspicion of supplying of class A drugs.

A quantity of drugs was also seized in the operation led by the Police Service of Northern Ireland's Paramilitary Crime Task Force.

Chief Superintendent Jonathan Roberts said the operation was aimed at targeting criminal activities, particularly drug dealing, connected to the East Belfast Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF).

It follows a major police swoop last week during which 11 men were arrested following raids of 14 properties in Belfast, Newtownards and Comber, which was also focused on the criminal activists of the east Belfast UVF.

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