North Belfast 'sophisticated' cannabis factory discovered and drugs worth £600,000 seized

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Police have uncovered what they have described as ‘a sophisticated cannabis factory’ in north Belfast.

It was discovered on Friday, June 7 at a commercial warehouse on the Limestone Road.

Follow-up enquiries identified a vehicle which was subsequently stopped by police in Holywood. A large quantity of cannabis was located inside the vehicle and the driver, a 32-year-old man, was arrested by detectives from PSNI Organised Crime Branch on suspicion of drugs offences.

He is currently in police custody.

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The cannabis factory discovered in north Belfast. Picture: PSNIThe cannabis factory discovered in north Belfast. Picture: PSNI
The cannabis factory discovered in north Belfast. Picture: PSNI

The seized cannabis has an estimated street value of more than £600,000.

A senior PSNI officer said information from the public is vital in helping officers tackle drugs issues.

Detective Chief Inspector Mullan said: “As a service we are continually working hard to prevent and detect as much drug-related activity as possible and yesterday's seizure is an example of effective community-based policing at its best.

"These efforts are in keeping with Operation Dealbreaker, our organisational commitment to tackle every aspect of drug misuse across Northern Ireland, and that includes its harrowing impact on the lives and relationships of local people. There is no such thing as a ‘safe’ drug.

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"Information from the public is key in helping us to identify the people and places involved in the drugs trade and I would appeal to anyone with any information about suspected drug production or dealing in their area to call the non-emergency number 101 or submit information online via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport.”