Cannabis factory uncovered in Northern Ireland with 42 mature plants say PSNI

Police in Northern Ireland say they have uncovered a cannabis factory during what they described “a proactive policing operation” yesterday evening (Monday May 10).

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 12:35 pm

A PSNI spokesperson said officers conducted a search of a property and seized “42 adult plants and equipment used to cultivate cannabis”.

The operation was carried out in Newtownbutler, a village near the border in County Fermanagh.

A 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of the cultivation of cannabis and possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply. He is currently in custody assisting officers with their enquiries, police said.

Items police said they uncovered during the operation.

PSNI Inspector Darryl Johnston said: “This was a significant discovery by officers working to keep the community safe.

“Our investigation is ongoing and anyone who has information that could assist us should contact police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference number 1744 of 10/05/21.

“Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”