Curious police officer discovers cannabis farm in south Belfast
An inquisitive police officer spotted a cannabis farm while attending a burglary scene, the PSNI has revealed. The discovery of 120 cultivation pots in a shed at Mealough Road in Carryduff, south Belfast, yesterday was made by the officer who had been responding to a report of a break-in.
Chief Inspector Derek McCamley said that the eagle-eyed officer noticed a nearby shed was unlocked and had a look inside, where he found a full cannabis cultivation farm.
The pots were discovered inside a number of aluminium trailers, which he said were originally designed for transporting cattle but had been modified to grow cannabis plants.
He added: "These trailers had been fitted out with hydroponics - essentially a very hard to control environment with intense heat and water sources to encourage the rapid growth of the plants.
"This tactic is known to cause an outbreak of fire because the factories are not monitored by the criminal, but simply left to grow unchecked.
"This factory has now been shut down, thus depriving criminals of any opportunity to build another."
He said that police would like to thank the member of the public who alerted them to the original burglary, which was not linked to the cannabis factory.
"While it was not connected to the cannabis factory, it did give us an opportunity to remove this harmful structure from within the local community," said Mr McCamley.