Drugs factory search after plants dumped

David Simpson with two PSNI officers at the scene of the 'drugs' find at Loughgall Road.
David Simpson with two PSNI officers at the scene of the 'drugs' find at Loughgall Road.

Police are on the hunt for a drugs factory near Portadown after the remnants of £100,000 worth of cannabis plants were found at Loughgall Road.

The remnants – or ‘tops’ – of the plants were found in a ditch near Ballybay Bridge by a member of the public who tipped off David Simpson MP.

Said Mr Simpson, “It was an anonymous tip-off and I informed the police who spotted the remnants deep in the ditch after a couple of searches.”

A police officer on the scene explained that the main part of the plants were used and the tops were discarded. “It’s a substantial find,” he added, “and we commend the members of the public and Mr Simpson.”

The police are appealing to the public for more information on the find and for information on the factory. They confirmed there were 200 plants “which would translate to around £100,000”.

The bags containing the tops were thrown over a hedge and into a ditch, which also revealed a mini-safe containing a small amount of jewellery. It has been taken away for forensic examination, although it is thought the bulk of the jewellery was taken.

Said Mr Simpson, “More and more drugs are surfacing in the Portadown area and ruining people’s lives. The public must help the PSNI.”

White-attired forensic officers were deep in the ditch examining the bags for much on Monday afternoon and Mr Simpson commented, “There have been several significant finds of drugs in the area, they cause nothing but misery.”