Two men have been remanded in custody over the seizure of Northern Ireland's largest ever haul of drugs.
The drugs were found in a warehouse in Newtownards (picture: PSNI)
Cannabis worth about £18m was found in a warehouse in Newtownards on Tuesday.
The accused are: Stephen James McGivern, 31, Oak Crescent, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear and Martin Kerfoot, 39, of Seacliff Road, Bangor, County Down.
They are charged with possession of a Class C drug and intent to supply. The court heard the drugs were found hidden in pallets inside a removal lorry.
Newtownards Magistrates Court heard that both accused were arrested during a raid involving the police and the Revenue and Customs Service.
Mr Kerfoot is a partner in a removal and storage company. Mr McGivern is a lorry driver.
A detective sergeant told the court that a search of the property and two vehicles uncovered three and a half tonnes of cannabis resin with a street value estimated at £18m.
The resin was concealed inside doors, stacked on pallets inside a removal lorry.
Some of the resin had already been transferred into a hired vehicle, the court heard.
The men were remanded in custody until 27 October.