Northern Ireland

Four men charged after major 'skunk' cannabis find in Northern Ireland

An officer holds open one of the bags of 'skunk' cannabis Image copyright PSNI
Image caption An officer holds open one of the bags of 'skunk' cannabis

Four men have been charged following an international investigation into the supply of 'skunk' cannabis into Northern Ireland.

The men aged 33, 32, 30 and 29 have been charged with a number of offences related to drug trafficking and money laundering.

Officers recovered £800,000 of 'skunk' and cash during searches in Belfast, Greenisland, Bangor, Newtownards and Ballywalter. Six people were arrested.

Eight have also been held in Italy.

The men who have been charged are due to appear at Newtownards Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

On Wednesday evening a 37-year-old man was arrested in England, to be brought to Northern Ireland for questioning.

He was detained by police in Birmingham but it is expected that he will be transferred on Tuesday to be interviewed by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

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Image caption The PSNI released photos of what they said was a cannabis factory found in Italy as part of the Italian investigation

The six people arrested in Northern Ireland were four men and two women who were questioned on suspicion of the importation of cannabis and conspiracy to supply cannabis and money laundering.

The two women, aged 29 and 26, have since been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

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