Northern Ireland

Seven arrested as drugs seized in Belfast

Seven people have been arrested as drugs worth an estimated £230,000 were seized in Belfast.

Twenty three kilos of herbal cannabis was seized at two locations in north and south Belfast.

In north Belfast, £2,500 worth of loose tobacco, £9,000 in cash and counterfeit packaging materials were also found.

Three people have been charged, three are being questioned on suspicion of immigration offences and a seventh has been released.

The arrests and seizures were part of an ongoing police investigation in which nine searches have been carried out in the Belfast and greater Belfast area.

The three charged were Chinese nationals and were remanded in custody at Laganside courts on Wednesday.

A 34-year-old man was charged with possession of Class B drugs, possession with intent to supply, conspiracy to supply, trademark and copyright offences and possession of criminal property.

A 33-year-old man was remanded on charges of possession of Class B drugs, possession with intent to supply and with possession of criminal property.

A 29-year-old woman was remanded on charges of possession of criminal property and trademark and copyright offences.

The three women arrested on suspicion of immigrations offences were aged 27, 43 and 49.

They are being questioned by police in association with the UK Border Agency.