COPS SMASH CANNABIS FACTORY

Chief Inspector Gerry McGrath with a detective put on show drug paraphernalia seized in Comber

Chief Inspector Gerry McGrath with a detective put on show drug paraphernalia seized in Comber

Detectives in Newtownards uncovered a suspected cannabis factory at a house in the High Street area of Comber recently.

Officers attended the house and uncovered a suspected cannabis factory in the roof-space of the property.

Police say that although production had not yet started, officers recovered seeds, pots, compost and heat equipment which they believe had been set up for the cultivation of cannabis.

Electricity was also being abstracted at the property.

No arrests have been made at this stage however detectives are carrying out a number of follow-up enquiries.

Commenting on the seizure, Chief Inspector Gerry McGrath, the new Area Commander for North Down and Ards, said: “Drugs misuse is an issue of concern to us.

“Drugs destroy communities and ruin lives and officers in the Ards area have been working hard to tackle the issue of drug supply and distribution.

“This seizure means potential plants have been taken out of circulation which will no doubt strike a blow against those who are dealing in illegal drugs in this area.

“We are totally committed to disrupting the activities of those involved in the sale and supply of drugs and are working to bring an end to the misery they inflict on our communities.

“I would also encourage the local community to continue to work with us to put drug dealers on the back foot.

“If you have any information on the illegal sale or use of drugs in your area please call us on the non-emergency number 101.

“Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Local police will now look at distributing the equipment seized to charities or other organisations who can make good use of it.

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