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Two arrests after almost £90k of drugs seized in north Belfast

Published 02/04/2015

Two men have been arrested after almost £90,000 of drugs were seized in north Belfast.

Detectives from Organised Crime Branch made the arrests and seized the illegal drugs as part of an investigation into the importation and supply of Class A and B drugs into Northern Ireland.

The men, aged 32 and 56, were arrested in north Belfast on Wednesday.

During a series of searches at premises in north Belfast and Templepatrick, police uncovered:

• Suspected cocaine worth £60,000

• Cannabis worth £20,000

• Cannabis plants worth almost £10,000

• Suspected firearms and ammunition

• A replica firearm and ammunition

• Cash and financial documentation

• Drugs paraphernalia including cutting agent, mixer, moulds, presses and plastic bags.

Detective Inspector Trevor Stevenson, said: “This is a proactive investigation into the importation and supply of Class A and B drugs into Northern Ireland from England and Europe.

"We are delighted to have seized almost £90,000 worth of drugs and taken a significant quantity of firearms and ammunition out of circulation.

“We believe those involved are members of an organised crime group as opposed to having any paramilitary or terrorist links but the threat posed by the drugs and the weapons should not be underestimated.

"Their removal has made our streets safer today. The suspects are being interviewed at a police station in Belfast and our enquiries are continuing.”

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