Monday 9 December 2019

Cannabis factory containing up to 100 plants discovered in raid


Lesley-Anne McKeown

A cannabis factory containing up to 100 plants has been found in south Belfast.

Cultivation equipment was also seized when police officers raided a property at Mowhan Street on Wednesday.

Constable Michael Johnson from the Police Service of Northern Ireland said: "Approximately 100 cannabis plants and an assortment of apparatus used for the cultivation of cannabis plants was seized.

"No arrests have been made at this stage however enquiries are ongoing."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

Meanwhile, in a separate operation, police found a cocaine press, a large quantity of bulking agent and other drugs paraphernalia during searches at four addresses in Coleraine, Co Londonderry.

A 30-year-old woman and a man aged 34 were arrested on suspicion of a number of drugs offences.

The PSNI said the raids were part of a proactive operation against an organised crime gang.

Detective Inspector Tom McClure, from the reactive and organised crime branch, said: "We have arrested a 30-year old woman and a 34-year-old man on suspicion of a number of drugs offences including possession of class A drugs and possession of class A drugs with intent to supply, as well as conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and being concerned in the production of class A drugs, namely cocaine."

Both individuals remain in custody assisting police with their inquiries.

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