Cannabis worth £50k seized at former Cheltenham restaurant

The BBC reports

Drugs with a street value of at least £50,000 have been seized from the basement of a former restaurant.

Nearly 100 plants were removed from the property in Albion Street, Cheltenham, after the landlord raised concerns and the letting agency found the plants growing at the address.It was one of over 15 warrants and raids carried out in Gloucestershire as part of a major drugs operation across the West.

A man has been arrested and charged in connection with the case and an investigation is ongoing.

The latest regional drugs operation has targeted organised crime groups (OCGs) involved in cannabis cultivation and police said that it has led to 67 arrests, £6.8 million worth of cannabis and weapons, including a 9mm pistol, being seized from locations across the South West.

The region’s five police forces, supported by the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SWROCU) and working with the Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and independent charity Crimestoppers, executed 58 warrants and searches at commercial cannabis grows.

The raids were part of the region’s Operation Scorpion and Operation Millie, a national initiative.

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