Man arrested in London over Church Street cannabis factory

Inside the cannabis factory in Poratdown.
Inside the cannabis factory in Poratdown.
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A 47-year-old man was arrested in London last night in connection with the discovery of a cannabis factory in Portadown.

The man has been returned to Northern Ireland for questioning in relation to the discovery of drugs factories in the province last year.

Cannabis and herbal cannabis with a total estimated street value of more than £1.6 million was recovered.

The 47-year-old was arrested on suspicion of a number of drug related offences including cultivating cannabis, possession of a Class B drug and possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply.

The alleged Portadown offence is linked to the discovery of a cannabis factory in Church Street last October. Drugs with an estimated street value of £750,00 was seized.

Detective Inspector Keith Gawley explained, “The arrest follows the discovery of suspected cannabis factories in the Haypark Avenue area of Belfast and the Rugby Avenue area of Belfast on March 19, 2014.

“Suspected herbal cannabis with an estimated street value of £500,000 and other drugs paraphernalia was recovered from the Rugby Avenue area property and suspected herbal cannabis with an estimated street value of £400,000 were seized at a property in the Haypark Avenue.

“The 47-year-old, has also been arrested in connection with the discovery of cannabis factory in the Church Street area of Portadown on October 15, 2014, during which cannabis with an estimated street value of more than £750,000 was seized.

“He is currently helping police with their enquiries.”

Two men aged 21 and 36, have already been charged in connection to the discovery of the cannabis factory in the Church Street area of Portadown.

“Both men appeared at Craigavon Magistrates Court on October 17, 2014.