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Two men charged after police seize drugs worth £1m near Belfast docks

By Allan Preston

Published 27/01/2016

Police have seized an estimated £1m worth of cannabis from two cars near Belfast's docks
Police have seized an estimated £1m worth of cannabis from two cars near Belfast's docks

Police have seized an estimated £1m worth of cannabis from two cars near Belfast's docks.

Two men, aged 36 and 24, were arrested on the Dargan Road near Belfast's port following a stop and search yesterday.

They were charged with possession of a Class C controlled drug with intent to supply.

The two cars where the drugs were discovered have been taken for further examination.

It follows another seizure yesterday morning in Glenavy of cannabis plants estimated to be worth up to £90,000.

Two suspects, aged 29 and 31, were also arrested on suspicion of a number of drugs offences.

They were last night in custody assisting police with their enquiries. Detective Inspector Keith Gawley said the seizure and investigation "were at a very early stage".

However, he praised the "proactive policing operation which stopped a huge amount of drugs from entering communities throughout Northern Ireland".

The drugs were found in a planned house search in the Crew Park area, the PSNI said.

"This seizure highlights our continued determination to tackle the scourge of illegal drugs in the local community and I would appeal to anyone who has concerns about illegal drugs to contact police," a spokesperson said.

"We will look into any report that we receive as we work with the community to reduce the harm caused by illegal drugs."

The two seizures are the latest in a string of operations targeting cannabis production and smuggling.

Last Thursday, the PSNI uncovered a cannabis factory following a search of a property in the Deramore Heights area of Magherafelt.

Cannabis plants with an estimated street value of £115,000 were recovered.

The following day a 23-year-old man was arrested and charged following the search of a house in Londonderry.

Officers seized around £3,700 worth of suspected cannabis.

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