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Man arrested in Belfast as part of probe into international drug trafficking operation

A 40-year-old man has been arrested in Belfast by detectives investigating an international drug trafficking operation.

Detectives from Organised Crime Branch carried out four more searches in Northern Ireland on Wednesday in Belfast, Ballyclare and Ballynahinch.

A number of items were removed from the properties and will be subjected to detailed examination.

A 40-year-old man was arrested in Belfast and is being questioned at a police station in the city.

The searches and arrest are part of an investigation which last week saw seven people being arrested in Northern Ireland and England. Five men later appeared in court on a series of drug trafficking and money laundering charges.

Police seized £800,000 worth of 'skunk' cannabis during searches of 14 properties last week.

PSNI, working with the National Crime Agency and the Carabinieri in Italy, are leading an investigation into the importation and distribution of cannabis throughout Northern Ireland.

A total of eight people were arrested in Italy last week and 9,500 cannabis plants recovered in three searches

Detective Inspector Andy Dunlop, from Organised Crime Branch, said: “This is a major international investigation. There will be more searches and arrests to follow.

"We are working to identify and apprehend all those involved in any aspect of the unlawful supply of controlled drugs. Our objective is to bring them before a court as soon as possible.”

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