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monster seizure PSNI seize £12m worth of suspected drugs in largest ever haul in Northern Ireland

Suspected drugs were discovered in Newry

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The suspected cannabis was uncovered in a haulage yard in Newry

The suspected cannabis was uncovered in a haulage yard in Newry

The suspected cannabis was uncovered in a haulage yard in Newry

The PSNI have uncovered approximately £12 million (€14.1m) worth of suspected class A and class B drugs following operations by detectives from their Organised Crime Unit.

Yesterday, police seized suspected herbal cannabis during a search of a haulage yard in Newry.

During the search one man, aged 34, was arrested and is assisting the police with their enquiries.

The operation was undertaken in conjunction with the Organised Crime Task Force, the National Crime Agency, HMRC and police in Belgium.

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The PSNI have said the £12m haul is the largest ever in Northern Ireland

The PSNI have said the £12m haul is the largest ever in Northern Ireland

The PSNI have said the £12m haul is the largest ever in Northern Ireland

In a separate investigation into the importation of class A drugs, detectives from the Organised Crime Unit have been working with the NCA and Belgian police in relation to an alleged organised crime group based in Northern Ireland who are operating on an international scale.

Last Friday Belgian police searched a vehicle and seized a significant quantity of suspected cocaine.

The following day two men were arrested by the PSNI in Belfast in conjunction with the investigation and have been assisting the police in their enquiries.

They have both been released on police bail as the investigation continues.

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One man has been arrested in connection with the seizure

One man has been arrested in connection with the seizure

One man has been arrested in connection with the seizure

Head of the Police Service’s Criminal Investigation, Detective Chief Superintendent John McVea said: “The cannabis seizure in Newry is the largest seizure to date in Northern Ireland.

"There is no doubt that by taking these drugs off the streets of Northern Ireland we have significantly impacted the funding stream of this organised crime gang.

“We will continue to work in partnership with our colleagues in the Organised Crime Taskforce to identify, disrupt, dismantle and frustrate organised crime gangs, not only in Northern Ireland, but across Europe.”

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