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Video: Four charged over £1 million cannabis haul linked to Triads

Detective Superintendent Bobby Singleton with approximately 50kg of herbal cannabis with an estimated street value of just under £1million following an operation in Belfast. PIcture by Mal McCann 


Four men have been charged with a number of drug-related offences after police seized cannabis with an estimated street value of almost £1 million.

The men - aged 38, 29, 29 and 19 - were held after two properties were searched in the Shore Road and Springfield Road areas of Belfast.

PSNI Detective Superintendent Bobby Singleton said two men were arrested in the Shore Road property on suspicion of the importation and supply of drugs.

A further two were arrested in a vehicle on the M2 near the Moneynick junction on suspicion of supply of these drugs and a number of immigration offences.

They were taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite in the city centre for questioning.

Detective Superintendent Bobby Singleton said officers searched two properties in the Shore Road and Springfield Road areas.

Mr Singleton added: "This is another significant haul of drugs, which is linked to our previous successes against a South East Asian organised crime gang operating in Northern Ireland.

"We believe this organised crime gang is Triad-linked."

He said gangs like this group make huge amounts of money from the illegal trade.

"Some people think that buying and using cannabis is harmless - that's simply not the case.

"Use of cannabis itself can damage your physical and mental health. Cannabis remains the most used drug by persons in treatment in Northern Ireland for drug addiction.

"The money people spend on it promotes and encourages the growth of these gangs who not only use violence and intimidation to maintain their control in our communities but are also involved in other organised crime like human trafficking."

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