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Police Uncover £200,000 Cannabis Haul in Ballynahinch
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DETECTIVES from Downpatrick CID and officers from C District Crime Team have uncovered a cannabis factory following the search of a property in the Drumkeeragh Road area of Ballynahinch yesterday (Thursday 7 February.)

 Cannabis plants estimated to be worth in excess of £180,000 were recovered.

A large quantity of cannibis has been taken off the streets in the Down area.

A large quantity of cannibis has been taken off the streets in the Down area after a police search in Ballynahinch.

Police have issued a public message reminding members of the public who own or rent property to check their premises regularly and contact police if they become aware of any suspicous or untoward activity.

South Down Sinn Féin MLA and member of the Policing Board Caitriona Ruane has praised the PSNI for removing £180,000 worth of cannabis from circulation after they uncovered a drugs factory in Ballynahinch.

Ms. Ruane said: “Drugs are a scourge upon our communities so I am delighted that the PSNI have found and removed this large quantity of cannabis from our streets.

The cannabis that was seized in Ballynahinch by police.

The cannabis that was seized in Ballynahinch by police.

I have no doubt that this crop was being cultivated for local use and its removal will undoubtedly reduce the impact of drugs in the South Down area.

Apart from the physical and mental health difficulties that drugs cause to those addicted, there is also the criminal related activity that is associated with it.

I want to congratulate the local PSNI in removing these drugs from our community and appeal to the public to work with the PSNI to recover and remove other such drugs as it is only by working in partnership can our communities fight the scourge of drugs.”

Following the police action, Down Sinn Féin MLA and member of the Policing Board Caitriona Ruane has praised the PSNI for removing £180,000 worth of cannabis from circulation after they uncovered a drugs factory in Ballynahinch.

Ms. Ruane said: “Drugs are a scourge upon our communities so I am delighted that the PSNI have found and removed this large quantity of cannabis from our streets.

I have no doubt that this crop was being cultivated for local use and its removal will undoubtedly reduce the impact of drugs in the South Down area.

Apart from the physical and mental health difficulties that drugs cause to those addicted, there is also the criminal related activity that is associated with it.

I want to congratulate the local PSNI in removing these drugs from our community and appeal to the public to work with the PSNI to recover and remove other such drugs as it is only by working in partnership can our communities fight the scourge of drugs.”

Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to contact detectives in Downpatrick on 0845 600 8000. Or, if you would prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.