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Van search leads police to £100,000 cannabis grow

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A routine search of a van led police to a house filled with cannabis plants on Monday.

Officers spotted and searched a suspect vehicle at a petrol station in Huthwaite Road, Sutton in Ashfield, at around 11.45am and arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of drugs offences.

A later search of a property in nearby Ashfield Road uncovered more than 200 cannabis plants with a potential value of over £100,000.

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Inside officers found cannabis plants in every room, including the attic. The plants were later removed and destroyed, and various items of electronic growing equipment were put beyond use.

Other items including a mobile phone and a set of digital scales were also seized.

Inspector Mark Dickson: “This was a really good bit of police work that started with us pulling over a van we had reason to believe was involved in the production of cannabis. This led us to an address in Sutton-in-Ashfield where we found a very substantial quantity of cannabis plants.

“Drugs are a blight on our communities and cause considerable harm to many vulnerable people – including those involved in their production and supply. Local residents keep telling us how concerned they are by this issue and in response we have been taking a very proactive response – obtaining search warrants and targeting suspects.

“I want people to know that we take the production of cannabis very seriously and will act on any intelligence we receive. So if you are concerned about a potential cannabis grow near you please do give us a call on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. I can guarantee that we will take it seriously and we will act on intelligence where we believe it to be valid.”

Anyone with any information on the property in Ashfield Road is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident number 267 of 27 July.

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