Blocks of cocaine wrapped in plastic

National Crime Agency officers investigating the seizure of cocaine worth around £1.6 million in Belfast in February have made three more arrests.

A 46-year-old woman was today (18 March) detained in Wolverhampton on suspicion of involvement in the conspiracy to supply the drugs, which were recovered in empty fuel tank being transported in a van at Belfast port on Monday 22 February.

Two further men, aged 60 and 31, were also detained on suspicion of conspiring to supply class A drugs, offences not connected to the Belfast seizure. The 60-year-old was additionally arrested on suspicion of firearms offences.

All three are now being questioned by NCA investigators.

Two men, including the driver of the van intercepted as it came off a ferry from Birkenhead into Belfast, have already been charged in connection with the haul. A third man was arrested and bailed.

NCA Branch Commander Adam Warnock said: “Our investigation has now broadened to take in alleged offences above and beyond the Belfast seizure. Today’s arrests reflect that, and our enquiries continue.”