Police bust £60k cannabis factory

Cannabis farm discovered at 47 Lincoln Street Wakefield 23/02/12
Cannabis farm discovered at 47 Lincoln Street Wakefield 23/02/12

A POLICE officer sniffed out a massive drugs crop which had a street vaule of more than £60,000.

Police community support officer Carl Longbottom was on patrol in Peacock when he noticed the strong and pungent aroma of cannabis.

Yesterday morning officers from the Central neighbourhood police team (NPT) raided the house on Lincoln Street.

Inside they found more than 200 plants of the class B drug.

Several rooms of the house had been specially converted with powerful lamps and fans to cultivate the crop.

Acting Sgt Chris Raby, of Central NPT, said “This is another good example of pro-active policing.

“The production of cannabis is a serious offence and the community does not want this on their doorstep.”

Police estimate a fully matured cannabis plant can sell for up to £300 on the streets.

Acting Sgt Raby urged people to be aware of the tell-tale signs that drugs are being grown in their neighbourhoods.

He said: “The classic signs that cannabis is being produced include a very strong, distinctive, sweet smell.

“People should also look out for suspicious activity including windows being blacked out, soil or compost being taken into houses and people arriving at strange times of the day and night.

“The Central NPT will act on any information we receive from members of the public.”

Anyone with information should contact the NPT on 101.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.