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Drugs worth £900,000 seized in cross-border operation targeting organised crime

Suspected cannabis worth an estimated £900,000 has been seized by police during a cross-border operation targeting organised crime.

It took place last night along the main A1 road near Loughbrickland in County Down.

Police and officials from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs were involved. The PSNI says its officers were supported by colleagues from An Garda Síochána.

One man has been arrested.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Thornton from PSNI Organised Crime Unit said: “During this evening’s operation, as officers stopped a van to speak with the driver, he exited the vehicle and initially made off on foot, but was quickly arrested. While carrying out a search of the van, we recovered suspected cannabis with an estimated street value of £900,000 and £1,000 in cash. The male is currently helping with ongoing enquiries.

“Over the course of the evening, partner agencies identified four drivers for prosecution and issued fixed penalty notices to four others for a range of offences.”

“This joint-operation between police and our partner agencies was aimed at targeting OCGs who utilise the road network to distribute drugs and other illicit goods. This evening’s successful operation is another example of the Police Service of Northern Ireland working in partnership with other agencies and the commitment of everyone involved to preventing this type of criminality and protecting those who are most vulnerable within our communities.”

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