Cannabis plants valued at more than £500,000 seized in raids

OVER one thousand cannabis plants valued at more than £500,000 have been seized by police during raids on 13 addresses across Stoke-on-Trent.

As part of Staffordshire Police’s commitment to tackle drug crime under Operation Nemesis, eight people were arrested as a result of yesterday’s activity.

Following information received officers targeted addresses where cannabis production and/or cultivation was reported to be taking place.

All eight were arrested in connection with drugs offences. Two of them are now facing deportation.

At an address in Boughey Road, Shelton, an undisclosed amount of cannabis vegetation was recovered, along with associated equipment (for example lights and heaters).

Warrants were executed at five addresses in Spencer Road, Shelton. At two addresses approximately 100 cannabis plants were seized at each property, along with associated equipment.

Nothing was found at a third property on Spencer Road.

Four people were arrested leaving another property on Spencer Road.

A 28-year-old man; a 26-year-old man; a 16-year-old boy and a 27-year-old man have since been released under investigation.

In excess of 100 cannabis plants were recovered from this address, along with various items of equipment.

A large amount of cannabis (figure still to be finalised) was recovered from a fifth address on Spencer Road, plus associated equipment.

At an address in Keary Street, Stoke, officers uncovered approximately 100 plants, plus equipment.

There was evidence of an old cannabis factory at a property on Hillary Street, Cobridge.

At another address on Hillary Street officers arrested a 23-year-old man inside. He is now facing deportation. Officers recovered between 200 and 250 plants.

Two men, both aged 22, were arrested at an address on Crystal Street, Cobridge, and approximately 30 cannabis plants recovered. They have been released under investigation.

At another address on Crystal Street approximately 100 plants were recovered.

At an address on College Road, Shelton, a 26-year-old man was arrested. He is now facing deportation. A large amount of plants were also uncovered.

A property on Wentworth Grove, Sneyd Green, was found to be a void cannabis factory, although between £200 and £300 cash was recovered.

DS Phil White is now leading a detailed investigation following yesterday’s operation.

“Thanks to information we have received, and acted on, a huge amount of cannabis has been recovered and so will not be making its way onto our streets,” said DS White.

“The cannabis seized has been valued at between £500,000 and £750,000 – which if sold on would have made a lot of money for some people.

“Drug dealing will not be tolerated in our communities and we will take positive action,” he added.

Anyone concerned about drug crime in their neighbourhood should contact Staffordshire Police on 101.