VIDEO: Police on the scent of Larne cannabis farms

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The Larne public are to be handed cannabis ‘scratch and sniff’ cards so they can identify the smell and alert the police to local drug farms.

Thousands of the cards are to be distributed in the borough and across Northern Ireland as part of a new joint campaign by the PSNI and the independent charity Crimestoppers.

Pictured at the launch of the PSNI scratch and sniff cannabis cards in Larne Town Hall are (from left) Noel Rogan Vice Chair of PCSP, Sergeant Colin Skinner, Michael Lynch Chairman of PCSP, Wendy Carson Manager of PCSP, Inspector Paul Woods and Chief Inspector Stephen McCauley. INLT 40-006-PSB

Pictured at the launch of the PSNI scratch and sniff cannabis cards in Larne Town Hall are (from left) Noel Rogan Vice Chair of PCSP, Sergeant Colin Skinner, Michael Lynch Chairman of PCSP, Wendy Carson Manager of PCSP, Inspector Paul Woods and Chief Inspector Stephen McCauley. INLT 40-006-PSB

Once scratched, the cards emit the smell of cannabis in its growing state – although they do not contain any active element of the plant.

Speaking at the local launch of the initiative, Sgt Colin Skinner of Larne Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Our aim is to help people recognise the smell of cannabis and give them the confidence to report suspected cannabis cultivation in the borough.”