An industrious police officer defeated drug dealers in Carryduff on Tuesday by bringing down a cannabis farm.
Chief Inspector Derek McCamley said the “eagle-eyed officer” had been called to a report of a burglary at Mealough Road and became inquisitive after noticing a nearby shed was unlocked.
Upon looking inside the shed, the officer realised they had uncovered a full cannabis farm.
Mr McCamley said: “One-hundred-and-twenty cultivation pots were discovered inside a number of aluminium trailers, originally designed for transporting cattle that had been modified to grow cannabis plants.”
Mr McCamley said the modifications create a potentially dangerous environment which is difficult to control.
“This tactic is known to cause an outbreak of fire because the factories are not monitored by the criminal but simply left to grow unchecked.”
Mr McCamley thanked the member of the public who alerted the police to the original robbery: “This factory has now been shut down, thus depriving criminals any opportunity to build another.”
DUP councillor Nathan Anderson welcomed the find. “Drugs destroy communities, families and lives,” he said.
Police said an investigation is underway to find out who was responsible for the drug farm.