UK: Cannabis with estimated street value of £850,000 recovered in three Nottinghamshire raids

Proactive officers have put three cannabis grows out of operation as they continue the battle against drugs in our communities.

More than 700 plants were found at a property in Market Place, Retford, when police raided the building.

After officers forced their way into the first-floor premises at around 1.25am on 13 June 2022, they found numerous rooms with plants inside.

The plants and growing equipment were quickly seized and enquiries are ongoing.

During a separate incident in Mansfield, officers arrested two men after using a police drone to detect a heat source coming from the property in Westfield Lane during the early hours of today (15 June 2022).

The suspects, aged 35 and 37, were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the production of cannabis and abstracting/using electricity after the discovery of about 150 plants in the upstairs of the property.

During the third raid, in Hucknall, officers arrested a man at his home in Broomhill Road when they discovered eight cannabis plants in an upstairs bedroom.

The suspect then spat inside a police van following the arrest at around 4.45am on 14 June 2022.

Chief Inspector Heather Maelor, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “The force will take robust action against those intent on producing and peddling drugs. This sort of behaviour will not be tolerated and we will use a wide range of tactics available to us to locate, enforce and prosecute those believed to be involved.

“Drug production has the potential to be linked to more serious offences, with criminals often exploiting the most vulnerable people to help line their own pockets. That is why the force remains determined to crack down on these sort of criminal enterprises and remove drugs from circulation.

“Cannabis production is far from being harmless. It can often be linked to wider, organised criminality – from significant incidents of violence to people trafficking.

“Vulnerable children or adults are often exploited and forced by organised crime groups to stay at the properties – often in dangerous and unsanitary conditions – to tend to the plants.

“Unsuspecting neighbouring families are also often put at risk by cannabis farms which can be targeted in violent home invasions as they try to steal the crop.

“They can also be put at risk of house fires by incredibly dangerous electrical wiring and bypassing that we very often see with these types of grows.

“All of this risk to communities is being created by criminals who only care about making a profit.

“I would like to reassure people that Nottinghamshire Police’s priority is to keep people safe and we will always act on intelligence about drug-related crime and continue to relentlessly pursue those who are behind this type of criminality.”

Anyone with information about cannabis production or dealing is urged to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Cannabis with estimated street value of £850,000 recovered in three Nottinghamshire raids

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