Three men were arrested this morning as police raided industrial-scale cannabis grow at a secluded farm – the latest in a string of raids in the Rushcliffe area.
Officers from Nottinghamshire Police forced entry to the farm, off Wysall Road, Costock, at around 9 am this morning.
Specialist officers have since removed 284 plants from the site and also destroyed an array of sophisticated growing equipment.
The site had been used for some time to grow cannabis and, left undiscovered, had the potential to grow around £1million worth of plants each year.
Three men, aged 43, 41 and 37 were arrested on suspicion of production and drugs supply offences. All three remain in police custody.
Sergeant Mark Southgate, who led this morning’s raid, said: “This was a industrial-sized and highly sophisticated cannabis grow hidden way in the middle of the countryside. Nearly every building on the site had been turned over to cannabis cultivation.
“When we arrived it really didn’t take us long to find what we were looking for, and we soon caught one of the suspects ‘green-fingered’ – his hands literally coloured green from tending to the plants.
This morning’s raid was the 15th warrant executed by officers in the Rushcliffe area over the past two months as part of Operation Alaska – an intelligence-led drive using covert surveillance and search warrants to disrupt the supply of drugs.
Inspector Craig Berry, in charge of policing in Rushcliffe, added: “We’ve been working hard over the last two months to engage with local people and gather intelligence and respond to concerns about suspicious activity. Today’s raid has taken out of action a very large and sophisticated growing operation and marks another great success for this operation.”
Anyone with information about the recent activities at this farm is asked to call 101 quoting incident 120 of 19 June.