Police in Ashfield have seized more than £700,000 worth of cannabis in the last month.
Officers discovered more than 400 cannabis plants at a semi-detached house in Bannerman Road on Sunday 31 May – the latest in a series of high-value raids. A 21-year-old man arrested and released on bail. The plants will now be destroyed.
In the last month substantial cannabis grows have also been discovered at two other addresses in the district.
Officers forced entry to a property in Lindley Street on Saturday 23 May after a tip-off from local residents. Cannabis plants worth approximately £180,000 were seized from inside.
A house in Springwell Street, Huthwaite, was also raided by officers on Wednesday 6 May. A total of 235 plants with a street value of up to £230,000 were recovered and another man was arrested.
Inspector Mark Dickson, responsible for neighbourhood policing in the district, said: “These were all substantial, highly sophisticated cannabis grows and am delighted that such a significant quantity of drugs has been taken off our streets in such a short space of time.
“The cultivation of cannabis on this scale is an extremely serious offence and my officers and I will continue to do everything in our power to bring those responsible to justice.
“I know that some people think growing cannabis is a victimless crime, but they are wrong. The large scale, organised production and distribution of drugs blights communities and ruins lives. In my experience it is also often linked to offences of modern slavery – where people vulnerable people are forced by potentially dangerous criminals into living and working in what are essentially drug factories.
“This kind of large scale cannabis cultivation can also be extremely dangerous to people living in adjoining properties. The heat given off by this kind of grows is tremendous and – when combined with often dangerous and bypassed eclectics – poses a significant fire risk.
“Tackling drug-related crime remains one of our number one priorities because people living in our communities consistently tell us that it’s one of their main concerns. They are also increasingly willing to tell us about those they suspect of committing offences. So, to anyone out there who is involved in the production of illegal drugs my message is clear: we are looking for you and could be paying you a visit in the very near future.”
If you suspect somebody in your local community of producing cannabis or other illegal drugs, please call us on 101 or in confidence or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
This latest good news comes after we announced this morning we’ve also taken another £1million of cannabis off the streets in Eastwood.
Councillor Helen-Ann Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety at Ashfield District Council, said “We are working closely with the police to tackle drug-related crime. I hope these raids act as a warning to anyone in the district that thinks they will get away with drug crime. This kind of behaviour will not be tolerated.
“We understand that drug crime is a real concern for residents, and through close partnership working with the police, we will continue to target the small minority of people responsible and ensure they are brought to justice. We encourage any resident witnessing drug-related crime to call the police on 101 or anonymously to Crimestoppers.”
Cannabis is a Class B drug. Possession of a Class B drug is punishable by up to five years in prison, an unlimited fine or both. Supply of cannabis is punishable by up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both. Police can also issue a warning or an on-the-spot fine of £90 if you’re found with cannabis.
To find out more about the law and how the force is working with partners please visit: https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/cannabis