Police have seized approximately 400 cannabis plants following a search in Markethill today, Tuesday, 3rd October. 

Inspector Tate said: “Armagh Neighbourhood Policing Team, supported by Local Policing Team officers, conducting enquiries in the area carried out a search of a property in the Main Street area which had raised their suspicions.

“Upon entering the property, they located a suspected cannabis factory. A large quantity of plants was discovered, alongside equipment believed to have been used in the cultivation of the plants.

Suspected cannabis factory

“This is a significant discovery, and removes an estimated £200,000 worth of cannabis destined for our streets from the illegal supply chain.

“Two men, aged 32 and 34 years, have been arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis, possession of class B controlled drugs with intent to supply, possession of class B controlled drugs and theft of electricity. They remain in custody at this time.

"Targeting drugs supply is a priority for Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon district police.

“Our officers are committed to tackling the scourge of illicit drugs, and will continue to investigate those who profit from the misery and harm they cause our community.

“Our investigation into this incident is ongoing, and I would ask any member of the public who has any information which could be of assistance to police to contact the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1375 of 03/10/23.

“Alternatively, information can also 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.”