‘Dissident republican criminality will not be tolerated’ – Newry PSNI Chief Inspector
The seizure of contraband cigarettes and alcohol in South Armagh over the weekend should send a clear message to criminals that their actions will not be tolerated.
Those were the words used by Newry PSNI’s Chief Inspector Beck after £300,000 of contraband cigarettes, 66 bottles of contraband alcohol and £50,000 in cash were seized by detectives from Serious Crime Branch investigating dissident republican activity.
A 31 year old female was arrested and later released pending further enquiries.
Chief Inspector Beck said, “Criminality can no longer be hidden beneath the banner of dissident republicanism and the local community can be assured that we are committed to detecting criminal activity, no matter where it occurs.
“The danger that these cigarettes and alcohol pose should they have been passed into the retail chain cannot be underestimated. Contraband cigarettes and alcohol demonstrate the criminal’s complete disregard for the health of those they target as customers.
“We will continue to target those who break the law in this way in partnership with HMRC. I would like to thank the local community for their ongoing support and enqourage anyone with concerns about criminal activity to contact us in Newry on 0845 600 8000.”
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