Man arrested in Strabane

A MAN from Strabane was arrested today (Wednesday) under the Terrorism Act and the Misuse of Drugs Act.

A teenager aged 19, he was apprehended by detectives investigating criminality linked to INLA. Another man from Derry, aged 57, was also arrested.

Both have been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite for questioning by police.

Three searches have also been carried out and a number of items were seized for further examination including a large quantity of documentation, mobile phones and electronic devices.

Detective Inspector Tom McClure said, “Today’s search and arrest operation is part of an ongoing investigation into the criminality of INLA in the north west. This group are a service priority for the Paramilitary Crime Task Force due to the level of threat, risk and harm they pose to our communities, and the breadth and depth of their criminality.

“INLA in the north west are involved in violence, extortion and the supply of controlled drugs, illicit cigarettes and counterfeit goods and this strand of the investigation looks to take action against those directing this criminality and money laundering. Part of today’s operation also relates to an investigation into an incident on 20 May this year in the Divis area of Belfast, when an individual recklessly used an automatic weapon to fire a series of shots into the air in a heavily populated area.”

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