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Northern Ireland: Herbal cannabis worth £12 mln disguised as vegetable shipment

In Templepatrick, County Antrim, police found £12 mln worth of herbal cannabis Inside a vegetable delivery truck. It is the biggest drugs seizure on record in Northern Ireland.

Officers searched the lorry in the early hours of Wednesday and found 600 kg of the Class B drug among a load of vegetables. In total, the drugs have a street value of between £10 and £12 mln, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

Three men from County Tyrone, County Londonderry and County Armagh respectively, were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to import controlled drugs. Two properties in Londonderry and Tyrone were also searched as part of the joint operation by the NCA and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

NCA Belfast Branch Commander David Cunningham said: "This is an incredibly significant seizure of controlled drugs, the biggest the NCA has ever made here in Northern Ireland. A seizure of this size will have a huge impact on the organised crime groups involved in its importation, depriving them of commodity and, most importantly, profit."


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