Major drugs find after man stopped with suitcase filled with cannabis

Police have recovered herbal cannabis believed to be worth over £500,000 after stopping a man with a suitcase filled with the drug in south Belfast last week.

Class B drugs with a street value of £400,000 were found during follow up searches on Thursday after a stop-and-search on the Lisburn Road last week.

A 27-year-old suspect was charged with drug offences and has appeared in court where he was remanded into custody.

Inspector James Murphy said: "These latest property searches are as a direct result of the initial incident last week. These seizures mean that the DST have now removed cannabis with a total estimated value of just over £500,000 from the community in the past week.

“We remain fully committed to tackling the scourge of drugs in our communities and we will continue to proactively investigate and carry out searches linked to the drugs trade.

"TI would repeat our appeal to anyone who can help us identify suspects or lines of enquiry to call the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."