A cannabis farm with an estimated street value of £410,000 has been recovered by police after a warrant was carried out in Hanbury, in Worcestershire early this morning (Wednesday 7 February).
Officers executed the warrant on a large metal farm building on The Saltway.
Two men, aged 22 and 24, were arrested at the scene on suspicion of the production of a class B drug – cannabis and were taken into custody. Enquiries are ongoing.
Nearly 500 plants were discovered at the site together with large-scale electrical, lighting and cultivation systems linked to the production of cannabis by officers from South Worcestershire Neighbourhood Crime Fighting Team (NCFT), supported by the force’s Task Force and Droitwich Safer Neighbourhood Team.
There was also further evidence at the scene of a grow that had already been cropped.
The raid comes after intelligence was developed around the location following concerns about drugs and suspicious activity in the area.
Police Sergeant Shaun Blackshaw, of the NCFT, said: “This successful warrant today shows we will not tolerate criminal activity within our community and will continue to act on information given to us about drugs.
“Cannabis farms like to this are often linked to serious and organised crime gangs, the drugs they sell have a negative impact on our communities and can lead to other localised criminality.
“The cultivation of these crops can also lead to the harm and exploitation of vulnerable people.”
The local community can help us by continuing to report any signs of criminal activity – the easiest way to do this is on our website. Any bit of information, no matter how small it may seem, could help make a big difference. You can report online under the Tell Us About section at West Mercia Police
If you have information about drugs and drugs supply and don’t want to speak to police you can report information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or https://crimestoppers-uk.org/
The warrant forms part of Operation Target, which sees us work closely with other forces and our partners to tackle serious and organised crime and the harm it causes.
Find out more about Operation Target by visiting Operation Target | West Mercia Police | West Mercia Police