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drugs haul PSNI seize £200,000 of cannabis from lorry in Larne Harbour during early morning operation

The seizure was made as part of Operation Dealbreaker


The PSNI have seized £200,000 (€238,500) worth of drugs from a lorry in Larne Harbour at approximately 2am on Friday morning.

Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Organised Crime Unit and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), working as part of the joint agency Organised Crime Task Force, conducted the operation in the Larne area where they seized suspected herbal cannabis.

PSNI detectives working alongside Larne Local Policing Team and HMRC, stopped a lorry in Larne Harbour as part of a proactive operation.

In a statement about the find, Detective Chief Inspector Richard Thornton said: “A quantity of suspected herbal cannabis, with an estimated street value of approximately £200,000, was seized from the vehicle during the proactive operation. The lorry and trailer have also been seized for further examination.

“A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class B controlled drug with intent to supply. He remains in police custody at this time.

“This search, seizure and arrest was conducted as part of the multi-agency approach to target criminality within the haulage industry and our ongoing commitment to address the criminality linked to drug importation, supply and use that often results in drug debts, drug addiction and drug related deaths within our communities,” he continued.

“Through Operation DEALBREAKER, and the multi-agency efforts of the Organised Crime Task Force, we will continue to carry out operations, to break the cycle of those who seek to cause harm through the illegal importation and supply of drugs in Northern Ireland, and to dismantle the organised criminals who profit from this incredibly harmful activity.”

D.I Thorthon added: “I appeal to anyone with information about illegal drug use or supply, to call police on the non-emergency number 101.”

“Alternatively, you can submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via our website.
The independent charity Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers."

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“To anyone who thinks they might have a problem with alcohol and/ or drugs and would like to get help please visit Drugs and Alcohol NI for information on support services near you.”

“There is also a range of services available if you are affected by someone else’s drinking and/or drug misuse,” he said.

“Information on these services is also available on this website. These services are available to you regardless of whether or not your loved one is receiving help for their alcohol and/or drug problem.”

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