Wickford: 400 Cannabis Seized In Raid
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Nearly 400 cannabis plants have been seized after police raided a property in Wickford yesterday (Tuesday May 29th).
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Officers stormed the address in Arterial Road at around 3pm in the afternoon after receiving reports from residents there drugs were being grown there.
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Officers found an outbuilding with three purpose built rooms, with fans and hydroponics, full of approximately 300 cannabis plants from immature to ready to crop.
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Another hidden outbuilding was discovered with around 80 medium sized cannabis plants. In a third building, a drying room was found with cannabis dried and ready to use.
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A gun was also found and seized along with the drugs. Police also contacted the RSPCA after they suspected a horse on the site was not being properly cared for.
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A 56-year-old man from Wickford was arrested on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis with the intent to supply and is still being questioned in custody this morning (Wednesday May 30th).
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Sgt Dave Darnell, of the Basildon East neighbourhood policing team, said: "I am pleased that a large quantity of drugs has been seized and will no longer be hitting the streets of this area. Where we receive good information from the community about who they suspect may be committing crime in their area, we will act. I urge you if you know who is involved in drugs to contact us immediately so we can take robust action."