Police bust Longton cannabis factory covering ‘numerous rooms’

Staffordshire Police have arrested a 19-year-old man following the find on Market Street, in Longton

Police have uncovered a town centre cannabis factory spanning ‘numerous rooms’. And once inside the building on Longton’s Market Street officers went on to seize 200 plants.

Following the discovery – on Friday, April 29 – a 19-year-old man was arrested. Witnesses had spotted police cars outside the building on Friday night with officers seen ‘going in and out’.

Today Staffordshire Police have released a statement on the bust – and confirmed engineers were called out to shut off the power. A police spokeswoman said: “Police were called on April 29 to reports of a large number of cannabis plants at a property on Market Street. Officers attended and found 200 plants inside numerous rooms.

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“A 19-year-old man, of no fixed abode, was arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis plants, a Class B controlled drug.”

It represents another cannabis find in Longton town centre. StokeonTrentLive reported back in June last year how 1,500 plants had been found growing in the former Woolworths store – the second time it had been used as a cannabis factory in two years.

Following the discovery on Market Street last week, the force says the suspect has since been released under investigation pending further enquiries. Anyone with information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101.


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