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Woman arrested after cocaine worth £18,000 seized

Police carried out a search under the Misuse of Drugs Act shortly after midnight on Thursday. Credit: UTV

A 45-year-old woman has been arrested after suspected cocaine worth an estimated £18,000 was seized by police in Ballynahinch, Co Down.

PSNI officers uncovered the haul during a search of an address in the Riverside Meadows area in the early hours of Thursday.

PSNI Detective Sergeant Johnston confirmed that they had been acting “on information provided by colleagues in An Garda Síochána who had detained a number of individuals and seized a large quantity of herbal cannabis near Dublin”.

The suspected Class A drugs recovered will now be sent for closer forensic examination.

The woman arrested has since been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

DS Johnston added: “Operations like this one demonstrates the efficacy of cross-border co-operation between PSNI and An Garda Síochána and how such close liaison between the agencies of the Joint Agency Taskforce can help law enforcement in both jurisdictions identify criminality, make arrests, and ultimately place individuals before the courts.”