Northern Ireland

Suspected drugs worth £1m seized at Larne Harbour

The drugs seized by the PSNI (PSNI/PA)
The drugs seized by the PSNI (PSNI/PA)

A 37-year-old man has been charged in connection with the seizure of suspected drugs with an estimated street value of £1 million at Larne Harbour in Co Antrim.

He is expected to appear before Ballymena Magistrates Court on Saturday.

It comes after drugs were seized on Friday morning during a police operation, which was assisted by Border Force officers.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “Shortly before 6am on Friday, August 18, police and Border Force colleagues carried out a vehicle stop-and-search operation in the Larne Harbour area.

“During the search of a low loader lorry, a large quantity of suspected class A drugs were discovered, having been concealed in the vehicle.

“The suspected class A drugs will now undergo further forensic examination."

The spokesperson added: “This seizure and arrest highlights the ability of strong partnership working with key stakeholders to tackle this type of organised criminality.

“We will continue to tackle the supply, use and harm caused by illegal drugs in Northern Ireland, and we’re grateful for the support of local people, and I’m keen to reiterate and ask for anyone with information, or concerns, to get in touch on 101.”