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Man due in court following £1.3m Good Friday cannabis seizure

A man has been charged with a range of offences following the the seizure of £1.3million worth of herbal cannabis last Friday (March 30).

The 42-year-old man is charged with a range of offences including possession of class B drugs, possession of class B drugs with intent to supply and being concerned in the supply of class B drugs.

He’s expected to appear at Banbridge Magistrates’ Court sitting in Newry this morning, Thursday, April 5.

As is normal procedure the charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

The charges follow a significant seizure of cannabis which was found concealed inside an industrial-sized fuel tank on a shipping pallet at a property in the Dromore area.

The seizure followed a cross-border operation which involved PSNI, Gardai and Irish customs’ officials.

Banbridge man Kevin McPolin (32) and his co-accused Niall Mallon (37) appeared at Newry Magistrates’ Court earlier this week charged with importing class B drugs, possession, and possession with intent to supply.

The drugs were found in a fuel container at a property on Ballynaris Lane in Dromore.

The prosecution told the court they believe both men were “part of a sophisticated crime gang moving drugs across Europe”.

Both were denied bail on the objections of police and were remanded in custody until April 26.

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