Thursday 21 September 2017

Police seize over €570,000 worth of suspected herbal cannabis and make two arrests

The drug was seized in Belfast and Antrim.
The drug was seized in Belfast and Antrim.

Geraldine Gittens

Police in Northern Ireland have seized €579,000 (£400,000) worth of suspected herbal cannabis in Belfast and Antrim.

A 33 year old man and a woman believed to be in her 30s have been arrested on suspicion of a number of drugs offences and money laundering, police have said.

€257,000 (£200,000) worth of suspected cannabis was seized today. Police arrested the man after a car was stopped on the M2 around midday. Properties were searched at Shore Road, Belfast and in Newtownards as part of the investigation.

A further €257,000 (£200,000) worth of the drug was seized separately in Antrim.

Police say they are investigating to establish the existence of any links between the seizures.

Detective Inspector Andy Dunlop from Reactive and Organised Crime Branch said: “This was initially great work by our District colleagues and officers from our Operational Support Department who reacted quickly to information received from the community. The seizures are a great example of how easy it can be when the public report their suspicions to us.  I am confident of further arrests.

“We are aware of the threat posed by illegal drugs and are determined to use every opportunity to take controlled drugs off the streets and bring anyone involved in their sale, supply or distribution before the courts.

"I would appeal to anyone who has any concerns or information about illegal drugs to contact their local Police on the non-emergency number 101. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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