Arrest after £400k cannabis find

Published Friday, 25 January 2013
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A 56-year-old man has been arrested after police uncovered cannabis worth an estimated street value of £400,000 in Coleraine, Co Londonderry.

Arrest after £400k cannabis find
The man was arrested on Wednesday and then released on police bail. (© UTV)

The seizure was found during a planned search at a property in the area on Wednesday.

The man has been released on bail, pending further PSNI enquiries.

Chief Inspector Nicky Thompson said that officers have been working with the local community in Coleraine to tackle the issue of drug supply and distribution.

"The discovery of this cannabis factory is an indication of our commitment to remove drugs from circulation. Through seizures of this nature, we are reducing the harm that is caused by drugs in communities.

"We have taken these drugs off the street and have made our communities safer as a result. We will continue to work with communities and partner agencies to reduce the threat posed by drugs", he added.

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me again in n.i wrote (665 days ago):
So,how come in Colorado and Washington where it's now entirely legal it's not harmful,but it is over here?
anon in belfast wrote (665 days ago):
this is a waste of police and courts time and resources, drug prohibition has been pointlessly and wastefully destroying lives for the past 50 years. besides the fact that it is the ultimate infringement of human rights to try and dictate what a person can or can not put into their own body but it also stigmatises and sends the message that in the eyes of the government people who choose to use certain drugs are under no duty of care from the government? surely weather or not a person uses this drug or that should not exempt them from the same protection and care that would be afforded to say a chronic alcoholic?? if people here think that drugs are causing the majority of the misery and suffering in communities then perhaps bare a thought for the years of sectarian conflict, the ingrained bitterness, incompetent politicians, nanny state policies, wasteful public spending the list goes on! police should not be allowed to value their seizures as they vastly over inflate the value as obviously jobs and annual budgets depend on targets being reached! as far as kids taking drugs is concerned, well the police and courts don't seem to be doing much of a job at the moment all they appear to be doing is filling prisons with non violent offenders and criminalising vast sections of society, coincidently drugs seem to cause the most damage in areas of low employment and low income, has anyone maybe considered the economic and social inequalities that might lead people to use drugs? so how about a different approach? education? treatment? why is a chronic heroin addict any less of a person or more of a criminal than say a chronic alcoholic or cancer suffering smoker? in a tiny city that still segregates communities with walls and fights over much the same beliefs, where at the moment people are illegally blocking roads and rioting on a daily basis, traders are threatening to withhold rates bills, i find it hard to believe that people can think this is the right direction to continue
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