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Five arrested after £350,000 of herbal cannabis discovered in east Belfast

Five people have been arrested after £350,000 of suspected herbal cannabis was discovered by officers from the PSNI's Organised Crime Unit following the search of a car in east Belfast.

The car was stopped on the Gilnahirk Road on Wednesday afternoon, with subsequent searches at properties in the Holywood and Knocknagoney areas turning up the full stash.

Detective Inspector Andrew Hamlin said: “Officers stopped a Jeep Renegade car as it travelled on the Gilnahirk Road at around 1pm this afternoon. The vehicle was searched and around £120,000 of herbal cannabis was recovered.

"The driver and the passenger, both males, aged 20 and 33 were arrested on suspicion of a number of offences including possession of a class B controlled drug and possession of a class B controlled drug with intent to supply.

"Follow up searches at several locations in Holywood and Knocknagoney were then carried out resulting in the seizure of approximately £230,000 of herbal cannabis.

"Two women aged 20 and 32 and a man aged 29 were subsequently arrested on suspicion of possession of a class B controlled drug and possession of a class B controlled drug with intent to supply. All five individuals are currently in custody assisting us with our enquiries.”

He added that anyone involved in the trafficking, supply and sale of any illegal substance should be "under no illusion as to the commitment and determination of PSNI officers to identify, pursue and arrest anyone suspected of involvement in this criminality and see them convicted for their crimes".

Anyone with information about the supply of use of illegal drugs is asked to contact the PSNI on the non-emergency number 101, or by contacting independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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