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Pair arrested after cannabis plants seized in Belleek, Co Fermanagh

Police have arrested two men after cannabis plants worth around £7,000 and growing equipment were seized during a search in Belleek, Co Fermanagh.

The two men, aged 26 and 31, were arrested on Friday on suspicion of cultivating cannabis, possession of class B controlled drug and possession of class B controlled drug with intent to supply.

Cannabis plants with an estimated street value in excess of £7,000 and cultivating equipment were seized during a planned search of a property on Main Street in the town.

Commenting on the seizure, Detective Chief Inspector Derek Scott said: "The cultivation of cannabis can happen anywhere. It can pose a number of risks, not only to anyone tending the plants, but to the local community.

"There are also serious potential public safety risks in cannabis cultivation, most factories illegally abstract large amounts of electricity needed for cultivation, sometimes in the crudest and potentially most dangerous ways.

"There is a significant threat of fire with cannabis factories. A house full of electric fans and heaters, combined with water, is an obvious fire risk. People who run cannabis factories have in the past, been found to tamper with electricity supplies in a very amateurish fashion."

He added: "Put all of these ingredients together and you have a recipe for disaster. You have a great potential for destruction of property, serious injury, even death. Cannabis factories are being uncovered in many different properties, from one bedroom flats and houses through to large disused commercial properties."

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