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07/12/2017

Three People Charged Over £600,000 Cannabis Factory Raid

Three people have been charged after police discovered a cannabis factory in the Castlereagh area of east Belfast.

The discovery was made at commercial premises on Tuesday, 05 December, during a planned operation by detectives from the PSNI's Criminal Investigation Branch and officers from Immigration Enforcement.

Six people were arrested following the seizure of £600,000 worth of the alleged class B drug.

Three of the suspects have been released on police bail.
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A 22-year-old man, a woman, aged 35, and a man, aged 40, have all been charged with a number of offences, including producing a class B controlled substance and assisting unlawful immigration.

The 22-year-old man has been charged with cultivating cannabis, possession of Class B drugs and possession of Class B drugs with intent to supply, producing a Class B drug and failing to observe Immigration Act restrictions.

The 35-year-old woman and 40-year-old man were charged with producing a Class B controlled drug and assisting unlawful immigration.

They are all due to appear before Ards Magistrates' Court on Thursday, 07 December.

(CD/JP)

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