Northern Ireland

Drugs trafficking: Cannabis worth £1m seized in nine days

An officer holds open one of the bags of 'skunk' cannabis Image copyright PSNI
Image caption Police have carried out searches at 22 addresses and made 12 arrests since 25 March

Police say £1m worth of cannabis has been seized in Northern Ireland in just over a week as part of an international drugs trafficking operation.

Police have carried out searches at 22 addresses and made 12 arrests.

Searches have taken place in Belfast, Greenisland, Bangor, Newtownards and Ballywalter.

Two men aged 23 and 30 were detained during the search of a house in Donegall Pass, south Belfast, on Friday.

Det Insp Andy Dunlop, from the Organised Crime Branch, said: "Five people have been remanded in custody, two were released on bail pending a report to the PPS and three others are due to appear in court tomorrow (Saturday)."

The PSNI is working with the National Crime Agency and Italian Carabinieri as part of the operation.

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