Four men have been arrested following the seizure of herbal cannabis worth almost £1m in Belfast.

Detectives from the PSNI's Organised Crime Branch searched two properties in the Shore Road area of north Belfast and the Springfield area of west Belfast yesterday.

Two vehicles were also stopped on the M2 heading North Bound, near the Moneynick junction.

Approximately 50kgs of the drug was discovered during the operation.

Four men aged 38, 29, 29 and 19 were arrested on suspicion of a number of offences in relation to the supply of these drugs.

They have been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime suite for questioning and remain in custody at this time.

Speaking about the operation, Detective Superintendent Bobby Singleton said:

"Two men were arrested in the property on the Shore Road area on suspicion of the importation and supply of these drugs.

"A further two men were arrested in a vehicle on the M2 on suspicion of supply of these drugs and a number of immigration offences. The net result of these interventions was the recovery of Herbal cannabis with an estimated street value of just under £1 million.

"This is another significant haul of drugs, which is linked to our previous successes against a South East Asian Organised Crime Gang operating in Northern Ireland.  We believe this organised crime gang is Triad linked."