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Cannabis worth £1.2m seized in separate Belfast searches

The cannabis factory shut down in the Boucher Road area of south Belfast. Credit: PSNI

A Belfast cannabis factory has been shut down and plants worth £600,000 seized, while another £600,000 worth of cannabis has also been seized in a separate incident.

The cannabis factory was found at a rented property in the Boucher Road area in the south of the city on Wednesday evening.

Detectives from the PSNI’s Organised Crime Branch seized around 1,500 cannabis plants.

Detective Inspector Adam Ruston said: “This has been a profitable and complex venture, most likely in operation for over a year.

“Those responsible are, of course, only interested in lining their own pockets, with no thought whatsoever for those adversely affected by their financial gain.”

Cannabis seized after a car was stopped at Dargan Road in Belfast. Credit: PSNI

In a separate incident on Thursday morning, police seized around 32kgs of suspected herbal cannabis following the search of a vehicle in the Dargan Road area of Belfast.

A 45-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class B controlled drug with intent to supply.

Detective Inspector Richard Thornton said: “We are appealing to anyone with information about illegal drugs or drug dealing in their area to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.

“Alternatively, information can be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”