Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Organised Crime Unit, working in partnership with UK Border Force officers, have made an arrest and seized suspected Class A and Class B controlled drugs with an estimated street value of £100,000.  

Detective Inspector Kelly said: “The drugs, detected during an initial seizure carried out in conjunction with our Border Force colleagues have been shown through initial tests to be cocaine, MDMA and ketamine. 

Drugs seized by UK Border Force

“During a follow-up search of a premises in the Shankill area of north Belfast today, Wednesday 29th May, our officers located drug-related paraphernalia and approximately £40,000 in cash. A 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a number of charges relating to the supply of controlled drugs and the possession of criminal property, and remains in custody at this time.

Cash seized in North Belfast, 29th May

“This search, arrest and recovery of drugs demonstrates the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s commitment to protecting our community from drug suppliers and to actively pursuing those involved in drugs criminality. Had these drugs made it on to the streets, they would undoubtedly have caused heartache, including for families dealing with loved ones who have addiction issues. Abuse of drugs such of these causes a huge burden for our health service providers and ultimately, could lead to death.”

Detective Inspector Kelly continued: “This operation was made possible by the ongoing close work with our partners in the Organised Crime Task Force.

“I would ask anyone who may have information about suspected drug-dealing in their area to call the non-emergency number, 101, or report online at  

“Alternatively, information can also be given anonymously to the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111."

She also advised: “Anyone who thinks they might have a problem with alcohol and/or drugs and would like to get help can visit  This also includes details of services available for individuals affected by someone else’s drinking and/or drug misuse. “