PSNI hails sentencing of cannabis factory pair from Fermanagh
Police last night welcomed the sentencing of two Fermanagh men linked to cannabis factories.
Alan Fitzpatrick (45), from Lisblake, Florencecourt, admitted two charges of cultivating cannabis plants at addresses in Molly Road and Corratistune Road, Derrylin, on December 17, 2012.
Co-accused Marcus Andrew Weir (41), from Cloverhill Park, Enniskillen, admitted one charge relating to the Molly Road premises on the same date.
Weir was found at one of the properties and Fitzpatrick was later forensically linked to both scenes.
Expert analysis said the property at Molly Road had produced cannabis worth more than £150,000, whilst the Corratistune Road property drugs had a street value of more than £280,000.
A lawyer for Weir described him as "the gardener" and said he was asked by Fitzpatrick to "keep the house looking like a residential property".
Judge Stephen Fowler jailed Fitzpatrick for 30 months, with half to be spent on licence, while Weir was given an 18-month prison sentence, suspended for three years.
Chief Inspector Clive Beatty said: "Police in Fermanagh and Omagh District are committed to tackling the issue of drug supply and distribution within the area.
"We understand the harm drug taking can cause communities and individuals and will continue to work with local communities and residents to help keep people safe."