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Two sentenced after cannabis grow found in a house

A man has been locked up after police shut down a cannabis grow in a house.

Officers from Broxtowe’s dedicated Operation Reacher team and neighbourhood officer worked together to execute a warrant at an address in Boundary Road, Beeston.

The positive enforcement action was taken after reports the semi-detached property was being used for drug dealing, with people seen to attend the address at all times of day.

Upon entry officers smelt cannabis and a small grow was discovered in the loft. Loose cannabis and growing equipment was also found inside the property.

Steven Palmer, aged 35, of no fixed address, and Lizzie Young, aged 32, of Boundary Road, Beeston, were subsequently interviewed and charged over the cannabis grow.

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Both appeared at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday (Friday 5 August) for sentencing.

Palmer, who pleaded guilty to the production and supply of cannabis, was jailed for 15 months.

Young was handed a four-month prison sentence, suspended for 21 months, after pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug.

Neighbourhood Inspector for Broxtowe Mike Ebbins said: “We know from experience the organised production of cannabis is regularly linked to violence, exploitation and a host of other criminal activity.

“That’s why it’s so vital we look to apprehend those involved in this sort of criminality and ensure they can’t operate in our communities and cause harm.

“Drug dealing is a local crime priority for the Broxtowe area and my Operation Reacher team is always looking for opportunities to enforce. We regularly conduct intelligence-led warrants to stop offenders in their tracks and disrupt drug dealing operations.

“I hope this positive result reassures local residents we will always act on intelligence about cannabis grows and continue to relentlessly pursue those who are behind such illegal enterprises.”

Anyone who has information about drug dealing in their area is urged to please have the confidence to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Young people can also pass on information about crime completely anonymously, using a secure online form, through the youth service Fearless – which is a part of Crimestoppers.

The Fearless website offers young people non-judgemental advice so they can make informed decisions about reporting crime. The service also engages with and educates young people about the consequences of their choices around crime.

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