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Over half a million pounds worth of cannabis seized in Armagh

Police found the substantial quantity of cannabis in a planned operation on Thursday. Credit: PSNI

Suspected drugs worth an estimated street value of £640,000 have been seized by police in the Newry Road area of Armagh.

Detectives carried out a planned searched of a property on Thursday afternoon and found the herbal cannabis as well as drug-related paraphernalia.

In a post on Facebook, PSNI Craigavon noted: "Pro tip: If you're trying to hide your over £1/2 million drug operation from C1 Organised Crime Branch and a DST search team, try harder than hiding under a duvet when they come through the door."

Two men aged 44, and a third man aged 42, were arrested on suspicion of a number of drug-related offences, including possession of a Class B controlled drug and possession of a Class B controlled drug with intent to supply.

A detective inspector said: “These arrests and seizures are further evidence of our ongoing commitment to removing and disrupting the illegal supply of drugs in Northern Ireland. We know that drugs can ruin lives and line the pockets of organised criminals, and we are determined to disrupt these criminal gangs.

"We are committed to making Northern Ireland a hostile environment for those in our community who are involved in the drugs trade and anyone involved in the drugs trade, or anyone tempted to become involved should be under no illusion - we will seek to identify them, arrest them and place them before the courts.”

"I would appeal to anyone who has any information to call police on the non-emergency number 101."