Northern Ireland

Man (48) arrested in connection with south Belfast cannabis factory

A 48-year-old man has been arrested as part of an investigation into a cannabis factory discovered in south Belfast in October 2019.

Cannabis plants worth an estimated street value of £320,000 were seized at a rented property in the Boucher Road area.

Police from the PSNI's Organised Crime Branch arrested the man on suspicion of Cultivating Cannabis, Possession of a Class B Controlled Drug and Possession of a Class B Drug with Intent to Supply.

Detective Inspector Corrigan said: “Some people think that cannabis is harmless – this is simply not true. Like other illegal drugs, it can damage both physical and mental health, causing harm and hurt to individuals and their loved ones.  The consequences can be heartbreaking.

“We would advise landlords to make thorough checks of any potential tenants before letting their property, and to look out for tell-tale signs that a property is being used for such activity.

“Our enquiries are continuing and we would appeal to anyone with information to contact us on 101, quoting reference number 899 of 09/10/19.

“Alternatively, information can be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”