120 cannabis plants seized in city

Published Monday, 05 November 2012
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Around 120 cannabis plants have been discovered by police during a house search in south Belfast.

120 cannabis plants seized in city
Police in south Belfast are cracking down on drugs supplying and distribution. (© Pacemaker)

The plants were seized by the PSNI in the Chadwick Street area on Saturday evening.

Also in south Belfast, a quantity of suspected drugs and drug related equipment were seized after officers raided a house in the Essex Grove area on Friday.

A 21-year-old man was arrested for a range of drugs related offences. He has since appeared in Belfast Magistrates' Court where he was remanded in custody.

Another 21-year-old man was arrested for possession of Class B and possession with intent to supply Class B. He was subsequently released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.

Chief Inspector Gabriel Moran, Area Commander for South Belfast, said: "Officers have been working with the local community in South Belfast to tackle the issue of drug supply and distribution.

"The discovery of this cannabis factory on Saturday evening is an indication of our commitment to removing drugs from circulation."

He continued:"Through seizures of this nature, we are reducing the harm that is caused by drugs in communities."

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P in belfast wrote (717 days ago):
Have to laugh!!! The 'war' on drugs is just a waste of money and time that could be better spent elsewhere. Cannabis especially is relatively harmless and is on a par with smoking cigs!! Even to spend a fortune and hours of police time to put people, who by thier OWN choice, decide to take some drug or another in the dock just doesn't make sense! When are people going to realise that the criminal gangs and 'dealers' - in fact nearly all the 'worst' elements could be virtually eliminated overnight by legally regulating drugs! The money saved and in fact raised by taxing, similar to cigs and alchohol, would more that pay for any treatment centres etc. Which at the moment are just another drain on an already streached budget! Not to mention the time and money saved on the police side of things. Why, after all, should people be penalised for deciding to try one drug while at the same time be actively encoureged to take others? I know someone will prob want to reply right away - but how can you say such evil things? It was this drug,or that drug that killed my little boy/girl. Really though, think about it, would that boy/girl be dead now if they had proper medical advice and help on hand when they decided to try whatever drug it was? Kids, people will ALWAYS try them. Is it not better to provide a safe, supervised way to try them, without all the stuff that gets mixed in to bulk profits by criminals (and which does more harm) or leave lives in the hands of these people? Who onlycare about how much they can make?
G in Co antrim wrote (717 days ago):
If you really want to reduce "harm" in communities,how about trying to find the drugs which are harmful? Where is the cocaine and heroin raids? It has been well established in most forward thinking areas of the world that cannabis is relatively safe.
Phil in belfast wrote (718 days ago):
I think it should be decriminalised here in Ireland.
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