£1m of cannabis found in Lisburn vehicle

Published Thursday, 24 January 2013
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An organised crime gang was planning to distribute more than £1m of cannabis resin which was seized by police in Co Down, a senior PSNI officer has said.

£1m of cannabis found in Lisburn vehicle
A man has been arrested following the recovery of the cannabis. (© Pacemaker)

The drugs were found in a vehicle at the Hillsborough Road roundabout shortly before 7pm on Wednesday.

A 49-year-old man has been charged with possession of class B controlled drugs and possession of class B controlled drugs with intent to supply. He is due to appear at Craigavon Magistrates' Court on Friday.

Detective Chief Superintendent Roy McComb is head of Organised Crime.

"This is evidence of an organised crime gang that has been operating throughout the island of Ireland, based in Northern Ireland and involved in distribution of drugs through communities that are the length and breadth of Ireland," he said.

Where last night's shipment was going to will be part of the investigation, but I can tell you now it's not going anywhere apart from into our safe keeping.

Det Chief Superintendent McComb

"We know that this gang is involved in distribution of drugs not only in Northern Ireland, but through the island of Ireland."

He said "significant" seizure reinforces the PSNI commitment to reducing the effects that drugs have on communities in NI.

"We are appealing for anyone with any information concerning this or any other incident regarding the supply or distribution of controlled drugs to contact their local police," added DCS McComb.

Meanwhile, three people have been arrested after cannabis was found when police raided a house in west Belfast.

Two men aged 24 and 31, and a 32-year-old woman were detained on Thursday morning on suspicion of a number of offences, including cultivation of cannabis and possession with intent to supply a controlled substance.

The trio are in police custody helping with inquiries.

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7 Comments
Anon in Co Tyrone wrote (638 days ago):
Cannabis does little harm to famalies and communities compared to alcohol. Like u say the fighting and horseplay on the streets from binge drinkers and the like sucks more money from the police budget than the smoking of cannibas does.. Bring on the day when it is legalised.. If you never have smoked it on a regular basis then dont judge it, cuz all you know is what the general drug free population knows about it and thts nothing.. Did you ever hear of people getting arrested for stoned and disorderly..?? Didnt think so..
Phil in Belfast wrote (639 days ago):
Na you have a quarter of a metric ton of dirt bar. Very little cannabis if any in those bars.
Terry in Belfast wrote (639 days ago):
Marty in Larne, I presume when you say ‘all drugs should be off the streets’ you are including alcohol? The fact is more people will be arrested, assaulted or injured this weekend because of the effects of alcohol than all other drugs combined.
Stephen in portadown wrote (639 days ago):
Excellent work considering the amount of time the Police are having to waste with these protests. And to "really? In derry city" - what are you doing when you see these 12 year old children in the streets? Reporting it to the Police? Intervening for their own safety? Or just driving on?
Marty in Larne wrote (639 days ago):
Really? In derry. Instead of downplaying this, and complaining, why not pass on the information as to who sells it?? And where it is kept!!! All drugs should be off the streets, but the police can only act with good information from the public. I take it you have approached the parents of the 12 year olds? Have you informed social services? What exactly have you done?? Surely you have a moral role?
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