Upper Bann MP David Simpson has questionned the UK Minister of State for Crime Prevention, Mr Norman Baker MP on what steps the Government are taking to reduce the number of cannabis factories across the UK.
In his reply Mr Baker said: “The Government works closely with the police to support the policing of illegal cannabis cultivation.”
Mr Simpson said: “The reality of drug abuse is very much evident in today’s society with an increasing number of deaths in the Banbridge area in over the past 12 months.
“Our Government have the power to crack down on this crime and I felt it was important for me to get a direct assurance from the UK Government that they were working to crack down on the number of cannabis factories.
“Whilst the Government have a significant influence on future drug seizures, it is critical that the local communities work closer with each other and the PSNI to provide their own intelligence gathering in order to bring about an eradication of this plague.
“Lives are being taken from us at a terrifying rate and I, like many want to see a community were our young people have the freshest entry to society and working life.’