A haul of suspected cocaine with a street value of £5m (€5.6m) is the largest ever seized by police in the North, it was revealed today.
Two men aged 38 and 47 are helping detectives with their inquiries after two cars were stopped in the Boucher Road area of west Belfast this morning.
The organised crime branch was behind the planned swoop and the suspected cocaine taken from one of the vehicles. A spokeswoman said it was the largest amount ever netted.
Police are quizzing the arrested men about possession with conspiracy to supply.
The suspects are being questioned at Grosvenor Road police station in the centre of Belfast.
Cocaine use has been on the increase in the North since 1994.
A Department of Health spokeswoman said: “We pass on our obvious congratulations to the PSNI. Clearly a seizure of this size, if meant for Northern Ireland, indicates there is demand for this drug and we will continue to support prevention and education initiatives aimed at cocaine use across Northern Ireland.”