Strabane PSNI stationA 37 year old man has been charged over a cannabis seizure.

He has been accused of cultivating cannabis, dishonestly using electricity, possession of a class B controlled drug and possession of a class B controlled drug with intent to supply.

He is due to face Lisburn Magistrates Court on Monday 4 August.

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

The charge follows a planned search of a house in the Aspen Walk area of Dunmurry, also on Thursday 10 July, where suspected cannabis worth an estimated street value of £3,000 was seized.

Local neighbourhood policing boss Inspector Peter Brannigan said: ”

“Not only are the drugs produced in these factories hazardous but often we find the cannabis factories are actually operating in very dangerous circumstances,.

“They are frequently located in vacant or derelict properties where the structures have been compromised or where electricity is being illegally abstracted.

“Information provided by local people is vital in helping us to identify properties where drugs activity may be taking place.

“It can also help us track down those involved in drugs distribution in the local area and assist in building up sufficient evidence to shut down their activities and take them off the streets for good.

“Drugs are a scourge on society, destroying lives and families and I would encourage local people to contact us if they have suspicions about any person or place, or if they believe they can help us identify those involved in the local drugs trade. I can assure you – we will listen.”

Information can be given by telephoning 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.

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