Police seize massive haul of cannabis worth £1 MILLION after finding plants growing on the top floor of a building in north London following tip-off from neighbours
- Police raided a property in Brent, north west London following a public tip off
- Officers recovered large number of cannabis plants worth an estimated £1m
- Police conducting the raid had found the building had been barricaded
- No arrests have yet been made though officers are searching for the gang
Police have seized £1 million of cannabis after finding plants growing on the top floor of a building in Brent, north London.
The Metropolitan Police said officers from its territorial support group were called to an address on the North Circular Road on Tuesday by concerned members of the public.
Once inside they saw a staircase had been barricaded, with officers and a police dog then working their way through the building until they found a large amount of cannabis plants growing.
Metropolitan Police officers raided a cannabis farm with an estimated £1m in illegal drugs growing in a building on the North Circular Road in Brent, north west London
Neighbours tipped off police who launched a raid on the property to recover the drugs
Scotland Yard confirmed nobody has been arrested in connection with the haul although they are searching for the criminal gang responsible
Taskforce’s chief inspector Grace Blake-Turner said the plants, which have an estimated value of approximately £1 million, were ‘evidentially being grown with the sole intention to be sold for a vast amount of profit’.
‘I’d like to thank the members of public who alerted us to this address. Because they voiced their concerns to police, over £1 million worth of class B drugs are now off the streets.’
North-west BCU commander Louis Smith said: ‘Growing and selling cannabis funds career criminals who cause misery to others and commit acts of extreme violence.
‘People are killed in producing cannabis in this way. These criminals also often prey upon the extremely vulnerable, for example by forcing them to manage cannabis farms.’
An investigation is under way to find those responsible for the growing and selling of the drugs.
Police raid £414,000 cannabis farm in Hartlepool
A cannabis farm worth up to £414,000 was found in Hartlepool after members of the community reported concerns.
Police raided the property on Wednesday and found 500 plants in the property on Raby Road in the Dyke House area of the town.
It came after people in the local areas raised concerns about suspected drugs activity at the former takeaway.
Police in Hartlepool raided a cannabis farm based in a former takeaway restaurant
Police arrested a 32-year-old man in connection with the cannabis seizure
A 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis and he remains in police custody.
Neighbourhood Inspector Martin Skirving-Chehab said: ‘Today’s discovery of 500 cannabis plants shows the local community that we do act upon their information and we are tackling drugs activity in the town.
‘This haul of drugs will no longer make it onto the town’s streets and one male is currently in police custody.’
Anyone who may have information regarding drugs activity is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org.