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Pensioner arrested following discovery of cannabis factory in Co Armagh shop

The man is currently assisting police with their investigation

A cannabis factory has been uncovered at commercial premises in county Armagh.

PSNI’s Reactive and Organised Crime branch uncovered the suspected cannabis factory, following the search of commercial premises in the Wellington Street area of Lurgan at around 11.30am this morning (Friday).

When this property was searched, police discovered more than 260 cannabis plants and evidence that the electricity supply had been tampered with.

A 68-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a number of offences including cultivating cannabis; producing a Class B drug; possessing a Class B drug and possessing a Class B drug with intent to supply.

He was also arrested on suspicion of dishonestly causing electricity to be diverted.

He is currently in custody, helping with our enquiries.

Detective Inspector Keith Gawley said: “Good police work means that we have interrupted the cultivation of cannabis and removed a significant quantity of drugs from sale.

“We are committed to tackling the issue of drugs and would appeal to the public to speak to us if they have any concerns or information regarding drugs in their area. The number to call is 101.

“Alternatively, information about crime can be passed via the independent charity Crimestoppers, on the number 0800 555 111.”

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