Arrest over Craigavon cannabis factory

Published Sunday, 14 April 2013
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A 38-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the discovery of a cannabis factory in Craigavon, Co Armagh.

Arrest over Craigavon cannabis factory
Over 40 cannabis plants were found at the property. (© UTV)

Over 40 cannabis plants and various other drugs-related paraphernalia were found at a property at William Street in Donaghcloney on Saturday.

Acting on information supplied by members of the local community, officers arrested the occupant of the house during the raid.

The man is suspected of a number of drugs offences, including possession of a class B drug with intent to supply.

He is currently in police custody.

Area Commander, Chief Inspector Anthony McNally said: "Officers have been working with the local community in the Craigavon area 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.

"This is an example of how our work with communities can help to reduce the threat posed by drugs."

Chief Insp McNally appealed to the community to continue to contact police with any information relating to drugs.

Elsewhere a 28-year-old man has been charged with drugs offences after cannabis was found at a flat in the Rath Cuain area of Warrenpoint in Co Down on Saturday.

He is due to appear at Newry Magistrates' Court on Monday.

© UTV News
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7 Comments
Frosty in Here wrote (464 days ago):
@ Realistic, yes but police need to be seen to be doing something. Drugs aren't the scourge of society, drug dealers are. Extortionate prices for what is essentially a plant. The obvious answer is of course to legalise it. Cannabis isn't addictive like other drugs, eg alcohol or nicotine, but all too often I see people acting like their life depended on it. I wonder how much of it is to do with their image and ego, or the inability to face up to the fact their life is crap, made all the more so by the money they waste on inferior weed? Use it, don't abuse it. It is, after all, just a plant.
Blackout in Tir Eoghain wrote (464 days ago):
You'd think the police over here would have more pressing matters to deal with, targetting petty crimes like growing cannabis is beyond a joke in this day and age. Maybe its because they are utterly useless when it comes to tackeling anything that matters, how long did loyalists take over the streets before they made an arrest. I suppose they want a pat on the back now.
sufferer in Co Down wrote (464 days ago):
tried to ask Mr Ford to do as you say and he said a big NO
G-man in Waringstown wrote (464 days ago):
"Threat posed" by cannabis? has cannabis ever killed or raped anybody? We cant afford to jail pedophiles and murderers for life, but we arrest folk for horticulture and taking a safer alternative to alcohol. I have the utmost respect for the police in this country (***holes on both sides of the divide, peacekeepers struggling in the middle, hats off!) but they all know the "war on drugs" is a giant waste of our resources. Most folk in the media also realise this, the medical community realises this, as does your typical dumb*** stoner, and not forgetting the experts on the field themselves, the ACMD. But no, we listen instead to the loudmouth religious community, who largely know nothing of the subject and prefer just to ignore the problem altogether and say the only solution is prohibition. I got news for those people, the world is not divided into good and evil or black and white, only different shades of grey, complicated and layered way beyond your simple comprehension of "Love Jesus or go to Hell" My friend was one of the first to die from the new craze of designer drugs, that only came into existence because the safer (in terms of toxicity and likelihood of addiction) drugs Ecstasy, LSD and (safest of all, more so even than alcohol) Cannabis are all illegal. Addicts are unwilling to come forward and seek help for fear they may be prosecuted, and when they are, they are often simply made to go straight cold turkey (that method always works right?) because they aren't legally allowed to wean off their habit. I hope this message reaches a politician with the balls to stand up for what is right, for they are the only ones who can effectively make a change in the outdated legislation. Our country has enough problems without hunting down the depressed and desperate people who toke up to escape its grim reality. Peace out :)
Ray in craigavon wrote (464 days ago):
Donaghcloney isnt craigavon,its in co down,we hav our own drug problems here without being tarred with someone elses brush
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