Northern Ireland

Police seize 45,000 Valium tablets in north Belfast

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Image caption Police said the illegal supply of prescription drugs like Valium could cause "significant harm"

Police have seized 45,000 Valium tablets in north Belfast.

In a joint operation between the PSNI and the National Crime Agency, two houses in Ballysillan were searched.

Three men, aged 45, 26 and 24, who were arrested were later released. Police said other suspected drugs were also recovered during the searches.

A police inspector said the illegal supply of prescription drugs and counterfeit medication could cause "significant harm".

"Taking drugs from unknown sources can be particularly harmful," said Detective Inspector Andy Dunlop of the PSNI Organised Crime Branch.

"People should only take drugs which are prescribed to them by their GP or health professional. We will continue to investigate those involved in bringing misery to the communities within Northern Ireland."