PSNI seize some 30,000 suspected Xanax tablets in Belfast

Two men were arrested in a separate search in Banbridge

PSNI seize some 30,000 suspected Xanax tablets in Belfast

Seized packets of the tranquilizer Xanax on display at the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) headquarters in Dublin in September 2017 | Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire/PA Images

PSNI detectives have seized a large quantity of suspected drugs following a search in north Belfast.

Officers from the Organised Crime Unit made the discovery on Friday night after searching a property in the Newington Street area.

During the planned search, officers seized approximately 30,000 suspected Xanax tablets, as well as a large quantity of suspected Class B controlled drugs.

Police also seized drug-related paraphernalia. Detective Inspector Andrew Hamlin says enquiries are continuing.

Seperately, two men were arrested following the seizure of an estimated stg£70,000 (€78,450) worth of suspected drugs in Banbridge.

Police stopped a Volkswagen Golf on the Newry Road, travelling northbound on the A1, at around 9.00pm on Friday night.

They carried out a search of the vehicle and found suspected Class A and Class B drugs.

Police also seized suspected ammunition and a number of electronic devices.

Two men, aged in their 40s, were arrested on suspicion of drugs-related offences.