A Brazilian man has been charged with drug offences after cocaine worth more than £200,000 was found concealed in a suitcase at Belfast City Airport.
Around four kilos of the Class A drug was seized on Sunday when a passenger was stopped after arriving on a flight from
Valdire Medeiros Da Silva, 47, who lives in Portadown, was then interviewed by National Crime Agency investigators and arrested.
Valdire Medeiros Da Silva, 47, was stopped after arriving at Belfast City Airport on a flight from Brazil via Heathrow
He was charged with the importation of Class A drugs, possession and possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.
John Oldham, Assistant Director, Border Force North, said: ‘This is just one example of the crucial work that Border Force officers do every day to help keep the UK safe.
‘Detections of dangerous class A drugs such as this are testament to their dedication and expertise.
‘Illegal drugs have a significant impact on our society, being the root cause behind countless burglaries, thefts and robberies.
‘They are also used as a commodity by organised criminals linked to violence and exploitation of the vulnerable.’
Medeiros Da Silva will appear at Belfast Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, investigators said.