Around a million pounds worth of illegal drugs have been seized and removed from circulation in the Broxtowe borough as a result of positive police action over the last fortnight.
This week officers uncovered a large cannabis grow during a raid on a house in Beeston and during the execution of another warrant in Giltbrook, seized a quantity of what is believed to be Class A drugs as well as a significant amount of cash.
A 22-year-old man and 25-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent supply a Class A drug after officers carried out a warrant at an address in Gilt Hill, Giltbrook, yesterday (Tuesday 2 June 2020). The man and woman were subsequently released under investigation as enquiries continue.
It comes after officers executed a warrant at a property in Dovecote Lane, Beeston, on Monday morning (1 June 2020) acting on community concerns and intelligence gathered by patrolling officers.
More than 180 plants, with an estimated street value of £180,000, were found in a total of four rooms at the site – along with sophisticated growing equipment.
A man was arrested inside the property on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis and possession with intent to supply Class B drugs.
Quyen Van Nguyen, 39, of Dovecote Lane, Beeston, appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Tuesday 2 June 2020) charged with production of cannabis and abstracting/using electricity without authority. He was remanded in custody to next appear at Nottingham Crown Court on 30 June 2020.
These warrants and arrests come after officers also seized more than £800,000 worth of cannabis plants and arrested two men during a raid at a disused medical centre in Eastwood last month.
Both suspects, who were arrested on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis and possession with intent to supply Class B drugs, were subsequently released under investigation and an investigation is continuing.
Inspector Simon Riley, District Commander for the Broxtowe Borough, said: “In the past fortnight, my teams have removed somewhere in the region of £1 million worth of illegal drugs from circulation. This can only be of benefit to the communities we serve in Broxtowe.
“The production and distribution of drugs is an extremely serious offence and I hope this serves as a reminder that we will not tolerate organised crime of this sort in Nottinghamshire.
“We remain as committed as ever to taking illegal drugs off our streets, and my message to anyone involved in their supply is still very clear: we’re watching you and it could be you next.
“Often cannabis production and drug crime can lead to more serious violence as dealers use force to try to keep their illicit business going, sometimes with people forced into modern slavery in cultivating the drugs.
“We must not let such people cause fear in our communities whilst making financial gains from taking advantage of vulnerable people.
“Nottinghamshire Police is committed to bringing those involved in organised crime to justice but in order to do that we need intelligence from the local community regarding the activities of individuals connected to organised crime groups and I would appeal to anyone who might have any information to get in touch as soon as possible.
“If you have any information about suspected drug crime in your area please call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”