PSNI officer is injured in raid on suspected Coalisland drugs factory

Two men have been arrested after a police officer was injured during a raid on a suspected drugs factory in Coalisland.

Sunday, 18th April 2021, 7:56 pm
Updated Sunday, 18th April 2021, 7:59 pm
Suspected cannabis that was seized in Coalisland. Police say that what is believed to be Class B drugs, with an estimated street value of almost £17,000, and other items, including drug-related paraphernalia, were found at an address in the town on Saturday April 17 2021. Pic sent in by the PSNI

Police say that early on Saturday a PSNI officer was injured and what is believed to be a cannabis factory was found.

The PSNI say they responded to a report of a burglary in progress at an address on Dungannon Road at around 12.50am.

“Two male suspects were located in the vicinity and, as one of the officers attempted to detain one of the suspects, a male officer was punched,” a polie statement said.

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A search of property at an address in Coalisland was carried out where a quantity of suspected Class B drugs, with an estimated street value of almost £17,000, and other items, including drug-related paraphernalia, were seized.

The PSNI said: “A 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of offences, including burglary, handling stolen goods, possession of a Class B controlled drug, cultivating cannabis, assault on police and resisting police. A 42-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of offences, including burglary, handling stolen goods, cultivating cannabis and possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply. Both men remain in custody, at this time, assisting police with enquiries.

Inspector Cochrane said on Saturday: “The officer who was assaulted was taken to hospital as a precaution and is expected to return to duty today. However, what happened to our officer must be condemned. This morning, our colleague was working to keep people safe when he was assaulted. It’s completely unacceptable and must never be tolerated.”

Inspector Cochrane thanked the member of public who made the report about the suspected burglary.