Police strike blow against drugs criminals

October 06 2019

Police strike blow against drugs criminals

Some of the cannabis plants discovered by police in Kingswood

ORGANISED criminals are behind a cannabis factory in Kingswood, police say.

Officers seized more than 1,000 cannabis plants with a potential street value of more than £1.1m from an industrial unit in Moravian Road.

Information provided by a member of the public led officers to the unit where they discovered electricity had been diverted from a nearby substation to power the equipment used to grow the plants. Western Power Distribution have since made the building safe.

The cannabis and equipment were removed by the police's Operation Viscount team before specialist crime scene investigators examined the unit. The drugs will now be destroyed.

PC Henry Bird said: “Those responsible for producing these plants were not doing it as a hobby or for their own personal use, they are organised criminals who we believe were exploiting vulnerable people to unscrupulously line their pockets.

“This seizure is a significant blow to these criminals and has prevented a large amount of drugs from hitting our streets and having a detrimental effect on our communities.”

He added: “Not only is there often a very human cost to organised cannabis grows such as this but they also pose a very real risk. Abstracting electricity in the way done at this unit is obviously illegal but it’s also extremely dangerous. It can be a real fire hazard.

“It’s thanks to the information provided to us by a member of the community we were able to take the action we did and I hope this reassures people we will always listen to you.

“Please keep coming to us with information, it really does make a difference to disrupting organised crime, safeguarding vulnerable people often trafficked or kept as slaves and to preventing the sale of illegal drugs in our communities.”

If you have information about a suspected crime, you can call 101 or contact the police via their website. You can also ring Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their anonymous online form. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.