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Police raid discovers cannabis grow, cash and burner phones

Police have taken out a cannabis operation in Calverton – finding plants, cash, burner phones and some drugs stored in a freezer in dog litter bags.

Officers from Gedling’s Operation Reacher team, supported by the Reacher team from Oxclose Lane, executed an early morning warrant at an address in Flatts Lane.

The front door was taken off its hinges, and the property was thoroughly searched by officers.

The intelligence came from the local community who were frustrated about drug dealing blighting their area and the Reacher team responded.

A number of cannabis plants were discovered in various states of growth as well as cannabis packed into dog litter bags in a kitchen freezer. A small amount of white powder suspected to be cocaine was also found along with some pre packed hybrid cannabis strains and edibles. Hydroponic growing equipment was also discovered.

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They also found hundreds of pounds of cash, some mobile phones, and sim cards hidden around the property believed to be linked to drug dealing.

The electricity had also been bypassed into the hallway of the communal block of flats, which was a fire hazard and could have potentially endangered lives.

Two people, a male in his 40s, and a female in her 30s, were arrested for the cultivation of cannabis, possession with intent to supply cannabis, possession of a Class A drug (cocaine) and abstracting electricity.

The warrant was executed just after 8am yesterday (Wednesday 12 October).

Sergeant James Carrington, having recently taken the post to lead the Gedling Operation Reacher team, said: “As a Reacher team we are aware of the issues surrounding drug use, drug dealing and the associated criminality that goes with that in areas of Calverton.

“It has caused loads of issues for the law-abiding community in Calverton. It is well and truly on our radar, and we acted on this intelligence on Wednesday.

“This was a big win for us. It is what we do best. Reacher is one of the enforcement arms of the police, doing what the community wants us to do – locking people up.

“With this cannabis grow, an extension lead was running from the flat into the communal area stopping the suspects picking up astronomical energy bills at the cost of the landlord.

“This is also extremely dangerous and has the potential to cause an electrical fault or fire putting the life of other residents at risk.

“We do not tolerate people who deal drugs in our communities and the anti-social behaviour and crime that always goes alongside it.

“It is unfair for residents to have to live next door to this behaviour and we will continue to execute these warrants to stamp it out so the people of Calverton can live in peace.”

“If you have any intelligence, let us know and we will act on it.”

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