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Man (50) arrested by detectives investigating importation of 50kg consignment of Class B drugs

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Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Organised Crime Branch, investigating the importation of a 50kg consignment of Class B drugs into Northern Ireland in July 2023, have conducted a search and made an arrest.

A man, aged 50, was arrested in the Carrickfergus area on Wednesday, January 24 on suspicion of offences including cultivating cannabis, possession of a Class B controlled drug with intent to supply, possession of a Class A controlled drug, possession of a prohibited weapon, converting criminal property and conspiracy to fraudulently import a Class B controlled drug.

As part of a related search in the Carrickfergus area, number of items were seized, including suspected Class A, B and C controlled drugs, a taser-type device and a motorcycle.

He remains in custody at this time, assisting with enquiries.

Detective Sergeant Mason said: “Our officers will continue to protect communities from the harm of illegal drugs. Within our investigation we have stopped a significant quantity of drugs being sold on our streets and we have stopped the profits from lining the pockets of organised criminals.

“We remain committed to tackling the way in which criminal profits are hidden in valuable assets by seizing items from criminals. The seizure of a motorcycle on this occasion demonstrates that.

“I would urge the public to come forward with information about drug dealing so police can take positive action like this.

“Information can be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”s.

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