Neighbours’ shock at ‘drug factory’ find in housing estate

April 20, 2015

More than 150 cannabis plants and a large quantity of items associated with cultivating the drug were uncovered in a house in Jonesborough on Thursday, police have said.

Shortly after midday officers carried out a search of the house in Eden Valley.

“Over 150 cannabis plants which appear to have been recently cultivated, and a large quantity of items associated with the cultivation of cannabis, were recovered,” Inspector Lorraine Dobson revealed.

“Local officers remain dedicated in taking drugs out of circulation and reducing the harm they cause to communities,” she added, and encouraged anyone with information on the sale and supply of illegal drugs to contact police.

The find has been welcomed by local Sinn Fein politicians and Councillor Mickey Larkin said neighbours are shocked that a “drug factory” had been operating in their estate.

“It appears that this had been running for a number of months and although only one room was in use there was enough equipment on site to extend to all the other rooms in the house.  Certainly thousands of pounds worth of plants were recovered and destroyed,” he said.

“Local residents are shocked that this drug factory had been set up within their estate. Thankfully the diligence of the police has shut down what is essentially a threat to the health and well being of the population.”

Welcoming the seizure, Sinn Féin Westminster candidate Mickey Brady said communities affected by the scourge of drugs “will be heartened”.

“I’m sure they will join me in congratulating the PSNI on dismantling this factory and stopping its damaging product,” he said.  “I’d urge people across Newry and Armagh to remain vigilant and work with the PSNI to help remove drugs and drug dealers from our communities.”