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850 cannabis plants found during house raids in Nottinghamshire

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Hundreds of cannabis plants were discovered growing in north Nottinghamshire after a series of police raids. A total of around 850 plants were discovered, including 700 at a property in Market Place, Retford, after a raid at about 1.25am on Monday, June 13.

They were found in numerous rooms after officers forced their way into the property. The plans were seized along with growing equipment – police inquiries are ongoing.

At a separate incident in Mansfield during the early hours of Wednesday (June 15) morning, police arrested two men after using a police drone to detect a heat source coming from a property in Westfield Lane. Around 150 plants were discovered at the property, and two suspects, aged 35 and 37, were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the production of cannabis and abstracting/using electricity.

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During a third raid, in Hucknall, at about 4.45am on Tuesday, June 14, officers arrested a man at his home in Broomhill Road when they discovered eight cannabis plants in an upstairs bedroom.



Cannabis being grown in one of the rooms found by police
Cannabis being grown in one of the rooms found by police

Chief Inspector Heather Maelor, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “The force will take robust action against those intent on producing and peddling drugs. This sort of behaviour will not be tolerated and we will use a wide range of tactics available to us to locate, enforce and prosecute those believed to be involved.

“Drug production has the potential to be linked to more serious offences, with criminals often exploiting the most vulnerable people to help line their own pockets. That is why the force remains determined to crack down on these sort of criminal enterprises and remove drugs from circulation.

“Cannabis production is far from being harmless. It can often be linked to wider, organised criminality – from significant incidents of violence to people trafficking.

“Vulnerable children or adults are often exploited and forced by organised crime groups to stay at the properties – often in dangerous and unsanitary conditions – to tend to the plants. Unsuspecting neighbouring families are also often put at risk by cannabis farms which can be targeted in violent home invasions as they try to steal the crop.

“They can also be put at risk of house fires by incredibly dangerous electrical wiring and bypassing that we very often see with these types of grows. All of this risk to communities is being created by criminals who only care about making a profit.

“I would like to reassure people that Nottinghamshire Police’s priority is to keep people safe and we will always act on intelligence about drug-related crime and continue to relentlessly pursue those who are behind this type of criminality.”



One of the rooms where police found a number of cannabis plants
One of the rooms where police found a number of cannabis plants

Anyone with information about cannabis production or dealing is urged to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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