Northern Ireland

Man charged with importing controlled drugs

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Image caption Suspected cannabis was with an estimated street value of £460,000 was seized by police

A 54-year-old man has been remanded into custody on charges linked to a cannabis seizure on Wednesday.

Suspected cannabis with an estimated value of £460,000 was found following searches in north Belfast and Larne.

Cheng Fang Zheng of Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, appeared at Belfast Magistrates' Court on eight charges.

They include counts of possessing and conspiring to supply cannabis, along with aiding and abetting the importation of a controlled drug.

A Chinese national, Mr Zheng is also accused of illegal entry to the United Kingdom and having a false identity document, namely a passport.

No application for bail was made.

A 44-year-old woman was arrested as part of the investigation and has been released on police bail.

Cocaine seizure

Meanwhile, a 27-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman were arrested for drug offences in Armagh on Wednesday.

The man was arrested after a stop and search of a car on the Moy Road area.

A follow-search at a property in the Gough Avenue area resulted in the second arrest and the seizure of approximately half a kilogram of suspected cocaine.