MAN CHARGED OVER £150K CANNABIS HAUL

The £150,000 haul of cannabis plants seized by police in Ballymena this week

The £150,000 haul of cannabis plants seized by police in Ballymena this week

A 54 year old man has been charged with several drug offences following a PSNI raid on a cannabis factory.

He has been charged with possession of a class B controlled drug, possession of a class B controlled drug with intent to supply and permitting the production of a class B controlled drug on premises.

He is due to appear at Ballymena Magistrates’ Court on Saturday morning, February 22.

As is normal procedure, all charges are reviewed by the PPS.

A 50 year old man and a 43 year woman also arrested in connection with the incident have been released pending a report to the PPS.

Police seized suspected cannabis plants and arrested three people on suspicion of possession of class B drugs with intent to supply and cultivating a class B drug, following a search in the Cullybackey Road area of Ballymena on Thursday February 20.

The plants, which are thought to value £150,000, were discovered when local officers noticed suspicious activity while on town centre patrol.

The neighbourhood officers carried out the search making the arrest and seizing the plants.

Detective Chief Inspector Bob Blemmings was pleased with the seizure:

“This is an example of excellent on the ground policing which has resulted in a large quantity of drugs being taken out of circulation.

“We know that drugs are an issue of concern to people in Ballymena and PSNI have been working with the local community to tackle drug dealers head on.

“All illegal drugs are dangerous and can have a devastating impact on individuals, families and our communities.

“That is why we need those communities to continue to support us in tackling drug dealing.

“I would ask anyone who has any information in relation to illegal drugs, to contact local police on 0845 600 8000 or, alternatively, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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