Belfast Telegraph

Man held over 'drugs smuggling'

A 40-year-old man has been arrested as part of a police crackdown on international drugs smuggling.

The suspect was detained when organised crime officers swooped on a number of properties in Belfast, Ballyclare and Ballynahinch.

He is currently being questioned at a police station in Belfast.

A number of items were also removed for forensic examination, according to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

The PSNI, National Crime Agency and Italian Carabinieri are involved in the major probe into the importation and distribution of cannabis throughout Northern Ireland.

Last week seven people were arrested in Northern Ireland and England when police seized £800,000 worth of 'skunk' cannabis during raids at 14 properties.

A further eight people were arrested in Italy and 9,500 cannabis plants recovered in three searches

Detective Inspector Andy Dunlop, from the PSNI's organised crime branch, said more arrests could be expected.

He 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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