Arrests as £350,000 cannabis seized

Cannabis plants
Cannabis plants

Two women have been arrested after cannabis worth £350,000 was seized in a proactive operation against drugs importation.

Detectives from Organised Crime Branch made the arrests after a series of searches in north, south and east Belfast, Larne and Co Down.

A PSNI spokesman said: “More than 17 kilos of high quality cannabis, which was packed and believed to have been imported, have been seized.

“A 45-year-old woman was arrested in east Belfast and a 24-year-old woman was arrested in south Belfast.

“They are being questioned at a police station in the city.”

Detective Chief Inspector Douglas Grant, from Organised Crime Branch, said: “As well as the imported cannabis, officers have seized cash, documents, drugs paraphernalia and a computer.

“We have taken a substantial quantity of drugs out of circulation and reduced the harm they cause to communities in our towns and cities. “We will continue to work with our colleagues in District policing and with local communities to bear down on those involved in the illegal drugs trade. We would encourage anyone with information about such activity, in any part of Northern Ireland, to contact police.”