Police say they believe lives have been saved after heroin worth an estimated £20,000 was seized in south Belfast.

The haul was uncovered during a planned search of a property in the Fitzroy Avenue area of the city on Friday morning.

Two men, aged 34 and 32, have been arrested on suspicion of a number of drug offences and are said to be assisting with ongoing enquiries.

PSNI Inspector Corner, from the Belfast District Support Team, said: “I believe that this seizure of such a large amount of suspected heroin, and the arrests in connection with this find, has potentially saved lives.

“This morning’s operation is part of our continuing determination to tackle the issue of deadly drugs and remove those who are involved in their sale and supply from the streets of Belfast.”

Inspector Corner added: “The sale, supply and consumption of these incredibly harmful drugs is doing nothing but ruining lives and lining the pockets of organised criminals.

“We are determined to disrupt their activity 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.”

The seizure was made following a planned search in south Belfast. Credit: PSNI