Two men arrested following £1.25m drugs seizure at Larne Port
Detectives from the PSNI’s Organised Crime Unit, who are continuing to investigate a £1.25m drug seizure in December 2021, have made two further arrests.
Detailing the arrests, a PSNI spokesperson said: “A 41-year-old man was arrested in Belfast yesterday (Wednesday, September 21) on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A and Class C controlled drugs and 22-year-old man was arrested in Bradford on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A controlled drugs. Both men are currently being questioned in the serious crime suite in Musgrave Police Station in Belfast.”
Commenting on the operation, Detective Inspector Conor Sweeney said: “We remain totally committed to combating the importation of such dangerous substances into Northern Ireland.
"These arrests, some ten months after the initial drug seizure, shows that we will pursue all viable lines of enquiry to identify and put those members of organised crime gangs before the courts.
“We are grateful to our colleagues in Yorkshire and Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit who have greatly assisted with this investigation.
“The criminals involved in the supply of drugs in Northern Ireland make money from the misery they inflict on the most vulnerable members of our society and they must be stopped.
“The Organised Crime Unit, alongside our partner agencies, remains determined to halt the flow of drugs into Northern Ireland and to dismantle the organised criminal groups responsible.
“I again appeal to anyone with information about illegal drug use or supply, to call police the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, you can submit a report online using the Police’s non-emergency reporting form: www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/
“If you would prefer to remain anonymous, you can provide information via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org/
“For information on local support services that can help with issues like drug addiction, visit www.drugsandalcoholni.info
“There is also a range of services available if you are affected by someone else’s drinking and/or drug misuse. Information on these services is also available on this website. These services are available to you regardless of whether or not your loved one is receiving help for their addiction.”
The original seizure took place on Friday, December 17 when cocaine, ketamine and cannabis with a combined street value of approximately £1m was seized by officers from the Organised Crime Task Force, which includes Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Organised Crime Unit, the local policing team and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) at Larne Port.
At that time, a 60-year-old man was charged with possession of Class A and Class B drugs with intent to supply.