Officers in Downpatrick have uncovered a cannabis factory during the search of a property in the Rourke’s Link, Bishopscourt.
Suspected cannabis, with an estimated street value of approximately £6,000 was seized, along with a number of suspected cannabis plants during a planned search at the property on Sunday 30 March.
A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of Class B drugs with intent to supply and cultivation. He was later released on bail pending further enquiries.
Down Area Commander Chief Inspector Deirdre Bones, said: “Drugs are clearly an issue of concern to local communities and officers have been working closely with residents in this area to tackle the issue of drug supply and distribution. This planned search and the discovery of a cannabis factory illustrates our commitment to deal with drugs in this area.
“I would appeal to anyone who has any information in relation to illegal drugs, to contact local police on the new non-emergency number 101 or, alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Rogers Expresses Concern Over Cannabis Bust
Following the latest seizure of ‘home grown’ cannabis in the Bishopscourt area, South Down MLA Seán Rogers has called on all private landlords to be vigilant as the illegal practice can render more victims than is often first recognised.
He said: “Unfortunately this type of crime is increasingly familiar particularly in private sector rental properties. These unscrupulous individuals use very destructive and dangerous methods when ruining private homes to create drugs factories. One such dangerous method known to be used is the tampering with the main line electrical system”.
Concerned that lives are at danger due to this irresponsible practice, the SDLP Assemblyman added: “In cases where the property being used is semi-detached, I believe it is fair to say that the occupants of the adjoining home are exposed to an increased risk of house fire”.
The SDLP representative also warned landlords that many Insurance Companies will not indemnify them in respect of damages arising from the cultivation of drugs unless many stringent conditions are met. These can include things such as regular internal inspections of the property and detailed identification checks of the tenants.
“This is not a victimless crime and can place innocent people in real danger. I would therefore urge anybody who suspects a property is being used for this purpose to contact the PSNI immediately” added Mr Rogers.