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Drugs officers surprised to find ferrets, dogs and goat

By Staff Reporter

Published 07/07/2016

A number of animals were found in a poor state during a search at a house on the Old Holywood Road, Belfast, where cannabis plants with an estimated value of £15,000 were seized
A number of animals were found in a poor state during a search at a house on the Old Holywood Road, Belfast, where cannabis plants with an estimated value of £15,000 were seized
A number of animals were found in a poor state during a search at a house on the Old Holywood Road, Belfast, where cannabis plants (pictured) with an estimated value of £15,000 were seized
A tonne of benzocaine, a bulking agent for cocaine, was discovered when officers from the PSNI and Humberside Police swooped on six properties in the Grimsby area

Police conducting a drugs raid on the outskirts of Belfast made an unexpected discovery - a menagerie of animals, including dogs, ferrets and a goat.

Cannabis plants worth £15,000 were seized during the planned search on the Old Holywood Road.

Constable Gemma Gregg said: "During the search, we discovered a number of animals that appeared to be in a poor state of health.

"A local vet was contacted, and the animals, including nine dogs, were assessed and transferred into the care of a local animal sanctuary.

"We are delighted to have been able to shut down this cannabis factory and prevent these drugs from being sold in our communities.

"We are also very pleased to have helped the animals and to ensure they now receive the care they need."

The raid came as a 41-year-old man was arrested in England as part of a major police investigation into the supply of Class A drugs in Northern Ireland.

A tonne of benzocaine, a bulking agent for cocaine, was seized when PSNI officers and Humberside Police swooped on six properties in the Grimsby area.

The suspect was taken to Belfast for questioning.

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