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Monday, 19 April 2021

Police discover huge cannabis grow in Nottingham city centre flat

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A man has appeared in court after police found an extensive cannabis grow behind a steel shutter door in a city centre flat.

Around 300 plants were seized after the St Ann’s Neighbourhood Policing Team, assisted by the City South Operation Reacher Team, executed a Misuse of Drugs Act warrant at the address in Cranbrook Street.

Inside was a sophisticated well-established cannabis grow set-up which was suspected to have yielded several crops prior to it being uncovered yesterday morning (Tuesday 6 April 2021).

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Bedrooms of the flat had been adapted for growing cannabis and the electricity to the property had been bypassed.

During their enquiries officers stopped a car in Huntingdon Street which was suspected to be linked to the address. When they searched the car they found a briefcase containing a significant amount of cash and they arrested the driver on suspicion of the production of cannabis.

Burah Gucsan, 34, of Cranbrook Street, appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court today (Wednesday 7 April 2021) charged with production of cannabis and possession of criminal property.

He was remanded in custody until his next appearance at Nottingham Crown Court on 5 May 2021.

Inspector Karl Thomas, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Some people may think cannabis production isn’t a serious issue and is a victimless crime but quite frankly, they’re wrong. The production of drugs has a detrimental impact on communities, ruining lives, and can often be linked to organised crime.

“Cannabis production is not just illegal – it can also pose a very real risk to neighbouring properties. The combination of dangerous modifications to electrics and the intense heat generated by the specialist growing equipment poses a significant fire risk.

“We simply won’t tolerate the production of cannabis in our communities.

“Our proactive warrant in this instance is another demonstration of the robust action we will take to tackle issues which matter to people such as drug crime.

“It’s also another great example of the joint working by sergeant Paul Ferguson, from the neighbourhood policing team, and detective sergeant Nigel Malik, from our criminal investigation department (CID).

“Proactive operations like this one are just a small part of the preventative work that we are doing to tackle crime in our communities.

“We want residents to know that we are here for them, so come and speak to us. If you have any issues, we can look at them. We want you to get to know us and see that we’re taking action to make things better for you.

“If you spot something out of the ordinary in your area or if you have any information regarding any criminal issues in your area, don’t hesitate to call us on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency call 999.”