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Cocaine, cash and vehicles seized in Keady raid

Police seized over £200,000 worth of drugs, a large quantity of cash and a number of vehicles during the search of a house in Keady on Friday morning.

A 39-year-old man and woman, aged 36, were arrested during the operation at a house in the Carbry Heights area of the town.  The man has since been charged with possession of a class A drug, possession of a class drug with intent to supply, possessing criminal property, concealing criminal property and possession of a firearm in suspicious circumstances and is scheduled to appear at Newry Magistrates Court today (Monday).

The woman has been released on bail pending further enquiries, police said.

Cocaine with an estimated street value of £200k, a Lexus car, a KTM motorcycle, as well as the cash and a suspected firearm, were seized by PSNI officers during the raid.

Detective Inspector Brian Foster said: “I am delighted that this large amount of drugs and a firearm have been removed from our streets. This is another example of the PSNI’s commitment to tackling the issue of illegal drugs in our society and we are determined to continue to combat illegal drug supply and use,” and he urged anyone with information on the supply or use of illegal drugs to contact police.

Sinn Féin’s Assembly candidate in the area, Cathal Boylan, praised the PSNI officers involved in the raid and added: “The vast majority of people are no doubt like myself relieved to hear the news that a deadly amount of cocaine has been removed from the streets. Those who ply this evil life-destroying trade have to be pursued, apprehended and face the full rigours of the law.”