A car in County Down yielded cash and drugs valued at €400,000

A car in County Down yielded cash and drugs valued at €400,000
Police recovered approximately £250,000 in cash and suspected cocaine with an estimated street value of £100,000. Photo: PSNI

After a car in Co Down was searched, almost £250,000 (€290,000) in cash and cocaine valued at £100,000 were found.

On Saturday, just after 8.35 a.m., a black Seat Leon traveling south on the A1 between Hillsborough and Dromore was pulled over and searched by PSNI police.

A 24-year-old male and a 21-year-old woman were taken into custody during the operation on suspicion of having illegal property and intent to provide a Class A prohibited substance.

Both were still being held by the police as of Saturday night.

Police conducted follow-up searches in the west Belfast area after recovering the suspected cocaine worth £100,000 and about £250,000 in cash. These searches resulted in the seizure of additional quantities of cocaine and cash.

"Drugs harm our communities and cause misery to those who are addicted to them and their wider family circle," the PSNI stated in a statement. To confiscate illegal narcotics and bring charges against those who do so, we will collaborate with the public and our partner authorities.

Seizures would surely "hit the organised criminals involved where it hurts," according to the statement.

"It is evident that the only thing these organized crime gangs are concerned with is money.

"They have no regard for the harm they create or the lives they endanger.

Police asked anyone with information regarding drug-related crimes to get in touch with them or the nonprofit organization Crimestoppers.