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PSNI arrest five in potentially one of the largest drug seizures ever in Northern Ireland

Police have seized what they believe could be one of Northern Ireland’s largest ever hauls of herbal cannabis.

The cannabis was intercepted and five people arrested by PSNI officers on Fridayfollowing a joint operation by the Police Service of Northern Ireland, An Garda Síochána and Irish customs officials under the banner of the Cross Border Joint Agency Task Force.

It has the potential to be one of the largest drugs seizures in the history of the province.

The potential estimated street value of the drugs is currently being assessed by police.

PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin said the haul was discovered in County Down.

"This huge haul of cannabis was found concealed inside an industrial sized fuel tank on a shipping pallet at a property in Dromore, County Down earlier today," he said.

"Five individuals, three men and two women were detained at the address. Officers also carried out a number of follow up searches and enquiries at other locations.

"This seizure and the associated searches and arrests demonstrate the effectiveness of the real time intelligence sharing and cross-border collaboration that takes place daily to tackle serious and organised criminality in both jurisdictions. With the assistance of our colleagues in An Garda Síochána and Revenue Commissioners we have undoubtedly prevented the significant  harm that would have resulted from this huge consignment of drugs reaching the streets of both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland today."

An Garda Síochána Assistant Commissioner Barry O’Brien said the drugs were seized due to a cross-border operation.

“I wish to commend all agencies involved in both jurisdictions which resulted in the seizure of a substantial quantity of controlled drugs," he said.

"This demonstrates the practical application of the Cross Border Joint Agency Task Force.”

Assistant Chief Constable Martin praised everyone involved in the operation.

“Our thanks go to all those involved in this operation for their diligence and professionalism," he said.

"Their combined hard work and dedication has gone a long way in helping us achieve our shared goal of keeping people safe.”



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