Around 50kg of cocaine has been seized in what police have described as one of the biggest ever drugs hauls in Northern Ireland.

The PSNI said it received a tip-off and searches uncovered two suitcases packed with packets of white powder hidden among a furniture delivery consignment at commercial premises in Co Tyrone.

Det Supt Noel Mullan, from the PSNI's organised crime branch, said: "A conservative value for this haul would be £2.5m (€3.2m). A street value would be substantially higher.

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

Over a three-year period from 2011/12 to 2013/14, the PSNI found a total of 49kg of cocaine during 1,053 seizures.

Only two seizures weighed 3kg or more, while half were of just 1g or less.

Mr Mullan added: "Last night we got 50kgs. 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 inquiries lead."

There is no suggestion that the company based at the premises knew what was in the container.

The drugs have been taken, under armed guard, to the Northern Ireland Forensic Science laboratories in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim, for further testing.

Meanwhile, in an unconnected incident, Dutch authorities have seized 20kg of cocaine worth around £1m (€1.3m) at a port in Holland that was destined for the Fermanagh area.

There were no arrests during either seizure.