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Police quiz man about £16m cannabis haul from 1996

A 46-year-old Belfast man was released last night after being questioned by police over the seizure of cannabis worth £16 million almost 13 years ago.

The man was arrested yesterday by detectives from the organised crime unit of the PSNI. He was released last night pending reports to the Public Prosecution Service.

Cannabis weighing 1.7 tonnes was found by Garda and customs officials on a vessel called the Whiskey Plongeur in Kilrush, Co Clare, on November 10, 1996.

The foreign-registered boat was on its way to Malin Head, Donegal, when it developed engine trouble.

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