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Substantial drugs seizure in Belfast 'a blow to crime gangs'

Police have said a "substantial" amount of drugs have been found after a car was stopped in Belfast.

Two men aged 28 and 31 have been arrested following the seizure of approximately £160,000 of suspected herbal cannabis and cocaine. The car was stopped in the Duncrue Street area of Belfast just after 8pm on Wednesday.

The two men have both been arrested on possession and supply of drug offences and are currently assisting police with their enquiries.

Police said a search was carried out in the Eglinton area and mobile phones were seized.

Meanwhile Gardai searched two houses in the County Donegal area and seized a further amount of suspected herbal cannabis with an estimated value of £20,000, a quantity of cash and drug paraphernalia.

Detective Inspector Tom McClure from the PSNI's Reactive and Organised Crime Branch said: "I believe that this intervention has struck a blow to the activities of an organised gang involved in serious drug criminality.

"The PSNI is committed to making Northern Ireland a hostile environment for those in our community who are involved in serious drug crimes. We will seek to identify them, arrest them and place them before the courts.

"Anyone with any information about drugs or any illegal activity should contact police on the non-emergency number 101 or information can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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