Cocaine with street value of £250,000 seized in Belfast


Suspected cocaine with a street value of more than £250,000 have been found during a proactive police operation in Belfast.

Detectives from PSNI Organised Crime Branch seized the suspected cocaine in Belfast yesterday (June 24).

A 26-year-old man was arrested by officers at the scene and this morning remains in police custody.

Detective Inspector Trevor Stevenson said: “Officers carried out a planned stop of a vehicle on Forthriver Road at around 4.15pm and uncovered a number of packages of white powder. A basic field test indicated the powder was cocaine, a class A drug. At present the seizure is thought to be worth somewhere between £250,000 and £300,000 however further testing will be required.”

He added that further suspected drugs, cutting agents and other items believed to be used in criminal enterprise were found during a number of follow-up searches in Belfast and Cookstown.

A 24-year-old man was arrested during the Cookstown search and remains in custody this morning.

A PSNI spokesman said they remain committed to tackling the sale and supply of drugs into Northern Ireland and will continue to carry out intelligence led and proactive operations like this one.

Information from communities is vital in this and we would encourage people to continue to raise their suspicions with us and enable us to take action against the organised crime gangs involved in this kind of criminality.”