£1m drug seizure in Thornes helps Wakefield’s Able Project

PCSO Louise Minney and PC Chris Raby from Wakefield Central NPT with staff from The Able Project.
PCSO Louise Minney and PC Chris Raby from Wakefield Central NPT with staff from The Able Project.

POLICE have seized £1m worth of illegal drugs.

Officers found more than 1,000 cannabis plants during a raid at an industrial unit on Holmefield Lane in Thornes.

They also discovered thousands of pounds worth of gardening supplies.

And now those items recovered from the cannabis factory have been donated to a community project which trains young people in horticulture, aquaculture and environmental skills.

Insp Richard Close of the Central neighbourhood police team (NPT) presented The Able Project with compost, plant pots, other growing materials as well as hydroponic and aquaponic systems.

Insp Close said: “In the current economic climate, making ends meet is obviously very tough for some organisations so as their local NPT we are keen to help whenever we can.

“In this instance we’ve been able to provide gardening supplies which were actually being used to further criminality and put them towards a very good cause.

“As an NPT we are part of our local community and will always look to support worthy projects in anyway we can.”

The Able project combines the production of fish and horticultural produce with outdoor learning and training.

Manager Michael McBurney said: “We will use this equipment to grow tomatoes, peppers and other plants all year round to help train local residents and sustain our social enterprise.”

The £1 million drug farm was found last Tuesday and 10 men have been arrested and released on police bail, pending further enquiries.

Police also busted two more cannabis farms, worth £1,200, within two days.

After being tipped off by members of the community officers discovered a drugs farm in Kettlethorpe on Saturday and another in Ryhill on Monday.

Two men have been arrested in connection with the Kettlethorpe farm and police cautioned a man after the drugs find in Ryhill.

Anyone with information about drug dealers can ring police on 101.