Man charged following paramilitary activity investigation in Northern Ireland

A man has been charged with attempted possession of a prohibited weapon in relation to the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA), the Police Service of Northern Ireland said.

He is due to appear at Londonderry Magistrates’ Court on December 19.

The 45-year-old has also been reported to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) for possession of class C controlled drugs with intent to supply and possession of criminal property, namely cash.

He was arrested under the Terrorism Act by detectives on Wednesday alongside a 57-year-old woman, who police say has been released unconditionally.

Also arrested on Wednesday was a 40-year-old man, who has been released pending a report to the PPS for possession of class C controlled drugs with intent to supply and possession of criminal property, namely cash.

The arrests came amid a number of searches that were carried out in the Galliagh, Buncrana Road and Ballymagroarty areas of Derry, the force said.

These raids were in relation to INLA criminality including the supply of controlled drugs and illicit cigarettes, money laundering and a recent paramilitary-style attack on November 14.

The PSNI said a quantity of class A and B drugs were seized during the search in the Galliagh area and a 17-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply.

Quantities of class C drugs were seized during the searches in the Ballymagroarty and Buncrana Road areas, as well as documentation, phones, computers and cash.

The raids follow an operation on Tuesday in which PSNI officers alongside those from HMRC visited 10 shops in the Derry and Strabane areas.

More than 36,000 illicit cigarettes and five kilograms of illicit tobacco were seized.

Counterfeit clothing, footwear, DVDs and CDs were confiscated in three of the shops, the force said.

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