Detectives from Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Organised Crime Branch investigating the discovery of a cannabis factory at a rented property in the Boucher Road area of Belfast on Wednesday 9 October 2019 have arrested a 48 year old 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: “Cannabis plants worth an estimated street value of £320,000 were seized at this property in 2019.

“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 heart-breaking.

“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.”

The Police Service of Northern Ireland is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that will assist the investigation to contact us on the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.