Detectives from PSNI’s Organised Crime Branch are investigating the discovery of a cannabis factory (pictured below) at a rented property in the Boucher Road area of Belfast yesterday evening, Wednesday 9 October.
Approximately 1,500 suspected cannabis plants, with an estimated street value of £600,000, were recovered from the property.
Detective Inspector Adam Ruston said: “This has been a profitable and complex venture, most likely in operation for over a year. Those responsible are, of course, only interested in lining their own pockets, with no thought whatsoever for those adversely affected by their financial gain.
“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 house 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.”