Northern Ireland

Man charged in connection with 'substantial' cannabis find in Ballymena

Police discovered a large quantity of cannabis plants in a vacant Ballymena property on Wednesday.
Police discovered a large quantity of cannabis plants in a vacant Ballymena property on Wednesday. Police discovered a large quantity of cannabis plants in a vacant Ballymena property on Wednesday.

A MAN is due to appear in court charged in connection with the discovery of what police described as a "substantial quantity" of cannabis plants in Ballymena.

The plants were discovered by police in a vacant property in the town's Broughshane Street area on Wednesday.

Follow-up searches in the town by police led to the recovery of a large sum of cash and equipment suspected of being used in the cultivation of cannabis.

A 46-year-old man has been charged with cultivating cannabis, possession of a class B controlled and possession of a class B controlled drug with intent to supply.

He is due to appear before Coleraine Magistrates' Court on Friday, and all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

Meanwhile, a woman aged 59 and two men aged 58 and 49, who were arrested on suspicion of offences including cultivating cannabis and possession of a class B controlled drug with intent to supply have been released on bail pending further enquiries.