Northern Ireland

Five charged after £350K cannabis find

Seven vehicles worth more than £100,000 were seized
Image caption Seven vehicles worth more than £100,000 were seized

Five men aged between 30 and 48 years old have been charged following the discovery of a cannabis factory in County Down.

Police said they were arrested as part of an investigation into an organised crime gang.

An estimated £350,000 of drugs were seized in a raid near Castlewellan on Tuesday.

Seven vehicles worth more than £100,000, including two BMWs and a Mercedes were also seized.

Police said it was a sophisticated cannabis factory that involved the re-routing of electricity cables.

Eleven premises were searched across County Down, County Antrim and the greater Belfast areas.

A sum of money was also recovered.