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Images reveal scale of Plumbridge cannabis farm

The cannabis factory was found by officers from the PSNI’s Tactical Support Group (TSG).

POLICE have released a series of images after uncovering a significant cannabis operation near Plumbridge last week.

The cannabis factory was found after officers from the PSNI’s Tactical Support Group (TSG) and the local neighbourhood policing team raided a house on the Dergbrough Road, 1.5 miles from the village.

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A 27-year-old Lithuanian man has been charged in connection with the find.

Dozens of plants at various stages of growth were found inside the house in growing rooms lined with foil sheeting. The sophisticated operation, which also included a ventilation system, lamps and fans was dismantled by police.

The cannabis factory was set up in a rural bungalow surrounded by farm buildings, which was leased out by a local farmer.

The Ulster Herald understands that it may have been set up back in November 2016.

All of this equipment which was removed from the property near Plumbridge following the PSNI operation.

Images released by the PSNI show signs that someone had been living in the property.

A police spokesperson said they were unable to confirm the number of plants or the estimated street value at this stage.

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“A substantial amount of plants in various stages of growth were seized and destroyed.

“From the pictures of the equipment used, a vast amount of damage was caused to property.

“When conducting searches of this nature, we can never leave anything behind. Everything must be removed and destroyed and this can take several days to complete.”

On Saturday, Mindaugas Kucinskas appeared before Omagh Magistrates Court charged with nine offences in connection with the find.

He is charged with possessing class B drugs, namely cannabis plants, with intent to supply.

He is further charged with cultivating cannabis plants, being concerned in the production of cannabis and being concerned in the supply of class B drugs.

The Lithuanian man is also charged with dishonestly using electricity and causing criminal damage to the property, by damaging electric cables and ceilings.

No application was sought by Kucinskas, who was remanded in custody to Maghaberry Prison.

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