Officers from Dungannon Tactical Crime Team have uncovered a large cannabis factory during the search of a property in the Loughbracken Road area of Pomeroy yesterday, Wednesday 7 May.
Cannabis plants, with an estimated street value of approximately £174,000 was seized, along with a growing equipment during a planned search at the property.
Chief Inspector Jane Humphries, Area Commander said: “Drugs are clearly an issue of concern to the local community and officers have been working hard 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.”
The PSNI would wish to take this opportunity to remind private landlords to make thorough checks of their property on a regular basis. In the past, investigations have shown that many of the properties used as factories for cannabis cultivation are in the private rental sector across Northern Ireland.
There are telltale signs that properties are being used for this type of activity. Members of the public should remain vigilant and look out for the following signs:
• Windows blacked out in premises with possible condensation
• Pungent, unusual smells
• Unusual activity at premises (people visiting once or twice per day - then leaving).
The PSNI also wish to point out that landlords should check their premises periodically as they can be ruined when used in this way leaving massive repair bill.