Police seize £100k haul at 'sophisticated' cannabis factory
Police have uncovered drugs thought to be worth more than £100,000 from what was described as a "large, sophisticated cannabis factory".
The haul was found in a house in east Belfast's Templemore Avenue earlier this week.
Area commander, Chief Inspector Mark McEwan, pointed to the fire risks posed by such factories.
"Officers discovered this suspected cannabis factory on Monday, July 22 and managed to disconnect electricity supplies, which were used to generate heat and light for the plants," he said.
"In similar circumstances cannabis factories have caught fire and our officers' primary concern was making sure the property and the occupants and any others near it were kept safe from the danger of fire," the area commander added.
Police believe the property had been empty for some time and was broken into by the criminals who set up the cannabis factory.
"This find illustrates local police officers' determination to make things safer for the residents of east Belfast by acting quickly on any information received about crime in the area," Inspector McEwan added.
East Belfast DUP councillor Adam Newton who chairs East Belfast District Policing & Community Safety Partnership, welcomed the discovery.
Concerns have been rising about drug dealing in the greater Belfast area following the recent deaths of eight young people, most of them in the greater Belfast area, which may have been caused by drugs overdoses.