CRAIGAVON Mayor Carla Lockhart has commended police who swooped to shut down a cannabis factory operating out of a house in Lurgan.
A 23-year-old man was arrested at the scene as police removed three car loads of drugs and equipment from a property at Albert Street.
The operation was carried out by the Lurgan Neighbourhood Team, who were congratulated by Mayor Lockhart.
“I would in the first instance commend the Lurgan Neighbourhood Policing Team for their swift action in this regard,” she said. “Their efficient and quick action resulted in a cannabis factory being located within Lurgan.
“This was a significant drugs find and I am delighted that the drugs and the equipment has been removed from society. Drugs are a blight on our society and those responsible for dealing and producing need to face the full rigours of the law.
“I am pleased that an arrest has been made and trust that, if proven, the rule of law will dictate a sentence that accompanies the seriousness of this crime.
“I would commend the PSNI on their robustness when dealing with this matter and would encourage anyone within the community who has information relating to this incident or, indeed, any other drug operations within the area to come forward and report it.
“Unfortunately our young people all too often fall foul of this activity and it is imperative that all raise issues with the PSNI when they witness strange activities within their neighbourhood.”