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£500,000 cannabis farm discovered at house in Nottinghamshire

Police managed to break up a large cannabis farm while carrying out a house raid.

Officers attended the property in Upton, near Newark, after receiving reports of drug activity in the area.

A haul of around 530 cannabis plants was discovered following a sweep of the house at around 8.40 am on 28 December.

The drugs – valued at around £525,000 – were found growing in seven rooms across the house, with electricity dangerously bypassed to power the grow.

All the illicit plants were seized and will now be destroyed following the warrant, which was led by the Newark and Sherwood Operation Reacher team.

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Officers from the Drug Support team and Rushcliffe Operation Reacher team also assisted to help make the property safe and to dismantle the plants.

PC Al Johnson, of Nottinghamshire Police’s Newark and Sherwood Operation Reacher team, said: “Planned warrants like the one executed here play a key role in helping us rid our streets of cannabis farms operating behind closed doors.

“Unfortunately, there is a common misconception that cannabis cultivation is a victimless crime that doesn’t harm anyone, but this just isn’t true.

“Organised crime groups are often behind established grows, which bring with them links to violent crime and wider criminality that we just don’t want anywhere near our areas.

“These groups trade in human misery and often exploit vulnerable people to do the dangerous roles they don’t want to do as part of these operations.

“Added to that, as was seen in this case, the dangerous way electricity is bypassed to power these grows is a big fire hazard that can put people in surrounding homes at risk too.

“In short, cannabis grows of this nature are nothing but trouble.

“The Newark and Sherwood Operation Reacher team are committed to breaking up as many cannabis grows as possible and eradicating this problem from our communities.

“If anyone has any information about drug activity in the Upton or Newark area, we’d ask that they contact the police on 101, or contact us on opreacher-n&s@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk”

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