Possible Triad link to £2million cannabis haul in Belfast
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Possible Triad link to £2million cannabis haul in Belfast

FIVE people have appeared in court in Belfast today in connection with a £2million cannabis seizure that may be linked to Triads.

The four men, aged 28, 39, 46 and 59, and a 34-year-old woman appeared at Belfast Magistrates’ Court on a range of charges.

The 16 charges include conspiracy to supply a class B drug, transferring criminal property, possession of a blade and immigration offences.

A Chinese interpreter was used during the 15-minute hearing, reports BBC News NI.

The drugs were found earlier this week during a proactive operation targeting seven addresses in Greater Belfast.

Detective Superintendent Bobby Singleton said the PSNI is following several lines of enquiry, “one is a potential link to a Triad organised crime gang and another is potential links to paramilitary groups”.

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“We will continue to investigate those who profit from the misery and harm caused by illegal drugs,” added DI Singleton.

“Drug dealers are parasites who don’t care about their communities.”

He urged anyone with information regarding drugs in their area to contact police on 101.

Information call also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.