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Pair arrested over discovery of five cannabis factories in last 12 months

Published 20/09/2015

Over £1.5 million worth of cannabis plants have been recovered in five raid in the last year.
Over £1.5 million worth of cannabis plants have been recovered in five raid in the last year.

Police have arrested two men over the discovery of five cannabis factories in Northern Ireland in the past 12 months.

The men, aged 33 and 34, were arrested in Newry yesterday evening and Portadown this morning.

Over £1.5million worth of cannabis plants have been recovered in raids at Carrickmore, Millisle, Magherafelt, Cookstown and Portadown in the previous 12 months.

Detective Inspector Andy Dunlop said, “We have been conducting ‘Operation Solaro’ for over a year in conjunction with our colleagues in An Garda Siochanna. Solaro is a Northern Ireland wide investigation into cannabis cultivation which stretches to the Irish Republic.

"We have already charged a number of people in connection with the discoveries. Criminals should be aware that we are not satisfied simply seizing their drugs and arresting whoever we find tending to the plants. We conduct thorough investigations in our efforts to identify everyone involved - to ensure we ultimately have the right people before the courts”.

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