COPS SEIZE £350,000 CANNABIS PLANT HAUL IN SOUTH BELFAST

The £130,000 haul of cannabis plants seized by police

 Cannabis plants worth £350,000 seized by police in south Belfast after planned search

DETECTIVES from PSNI South Belfast, assisted by officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Unit, have uncovered a cannabis factory in a house in the Broadway area.

This was as a result of a planned search on the afternoon of Sunday, June 8.

Over 400 plants were seized with an estimated street value of £350,000.

The PSNI would wish to take this opportunity to remind private landlords to make thorough checks of their property on a regular basis.

In the past, investigations have shown that many of the properties used as factories for cannabis cultivation are in the private rental sector across Northern Ireland.

There are telltale signs that properties are being used for this type of activity. Members of the public should remain vigilant and look out for the following signs:

• windows blacked out in premises with possible condensation

• pungent, unusual smells

• unusual activity at premises (people visiting once or twice per day – then leaving).

The PSNI also wish to point out that landlords should check their premises periodically as they can be ruined when used in this way leaving a massive repair bill.

Anyone who has any information in relation to illegal drugs is asked to contact local police on the non-emergency number 101 or, alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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