Police warning to landlords after cannabis factory discovered

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Private landords are being encouraged by police to be vigilant after the discovery of a cannabis factory in west Belfast.

On Sunday, more than 400 cannabis plants were recovered after the search of a property in the Broadway area.

A police spokesman said: “The PSNI would wish to take this opportunity to remind private landlords to make thorough checks of their property on a regular basis.

“In the past, investigations have shown that many of the properties used as factories for cannabis cultivation are in the private rental sector across Northern Ireland.”

Among the signs that a property is being used for this illegal activity are:

• Windows blacked out in premises with possible condensation

• Pungent, unusual smells

• Unusual activity at premises (people visiting once or twice per day - then leaving).

The police spokesman added: “The PSNI also wish to point out that landlords should check their premises periodically as they can be ruined when used in this way leaving a massive repair bill.”

Anyone who has any information in relation to illegal drugs is asked to contact local police on the non-emergency number 101 or, alternatively, the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.