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Woman held in skunk cannabis probe

Published 16/04/2015

Large amounts of cash have been seized as part of the police probe into the supply of skunk cannabis
Large amounts of cash have been seized as part of the police probe into the supply of skunk cannabis

A 24-year-old woman has been arrested as part of a major police investigation into the supply of "skunk" cannabis.

She was detained in the Birmingham area after organised crime officers searched a number of properties and has been brought to Northern Ireland for questioning.

Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Detective Inspector Andy Dunlop, who is leading the investigation, said: "I believe this is a significant arrest and this investigation is making substantial progress."

More than £2 million of cannabis and large amounts of cash have been seized as part of the police probe.

Thirteen people have been arrested, eight of whom have been charged.

The PSNI has been working alongside Italian police and the National Crime Agency.

Mr Dunlop said detectives expected to make further arrests.

He added: "We are maintaining close contact with our colleagues in the Italian Carabiniere, as arrests and seizures have been made in Italy.

"We are also working closely with the National Crime Agency as well as a number of other law enforcement agencies in the UK and Ireland.

"Our objective is to ensure we identify and apprehend as many of those allegedly involved in this criminality and bring them before the courts, as well as seize drugs and as many criminal assets as possible.

"Our inquiries will continue for some time and there will be further arrests."

The woman is to be questioned at a police station in Belfast.

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