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€3 million worth of cocaine has been seized --- packed into two mid-size suitcases

The find was made after officers searched a recently-delivered container of furniture, following a tip-off.

POLICE IN THE North have uncovered over €3 million worth of cocaine, packed into two suitcases.

The discovery was made at a commercial premises in Tyrone yesterday.

Local officers searched a recently-delivered container of furniture, following a tip-off, and uncovered the haul.

The 50 kilo find is believed to be one of the biggest hauls of cocaine ever made in Northern Ireland.

Source: PSNI

“A conservative value for this haul would be £2.5 million. A street value would be substantially higher,” PSNI Detective Superintendent Noel Mullan said.

“It is undoubtedly one of the biggest cocaine finds ever made in Northern Ireland.”

To put the size of the find in some context — in the last three years, the PSNI seized a total of 49 kilos in over 1,000 separate seizures. There were only two seizures of 3 kilos or more.

“Last night we got 50 kilos,” Mullan said. 

“We will be working with law enforcement colleagues in various parts of the world to establish where this came from, where it was going to and who was involved.

It is unlikely that such a substantial amount was destined for the Northern Ireland market but we’ll see where our enquiries lead.

In an unconnected incident, Dutch authorities have seized 20 kilos of cocaine which was destined for the Fermanagh area.

No arrests have been made in either case.

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