Chinese immigrants importing cannabis to Northern Ireland

Nearly 80 consignments of cannabis were imported into Northern Ireland in a multi-million pound international trafficking operation, it was alleged in Belfast High Courton Friday.

Prosecutors disclosed that 16 people have been charged in connection with the suspected racket, linked to a factory growhouse discovered in Italy.

The scale of the distribution and Continent-wide investigation was confirmed as two men accused of being part of the gang involved were refused bail.

Xin Chen (23), and Zhenchao Chen (34), both with addresses at Annadale Flats in Belfast, each face charges of importing and conspiracy to supply herbal cannabis.

They were arrested as part of an inquiry involving the PSNI, National Crime Agencyand the Italian Carabinieri force.

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