Massive cannabis factory found in Cheltenham
29 January 2019, 14:18
A big cannabis factory has been uncovered by police in Cheltenham.
It follows a raid on a unit at the Liddington Industrial Estate on Old Station Drive on Monday afternoon.
Officers found nearly nearly 500 cannabis plants at the unit and a further 100 plants at another addresses.
The drugs are believed to have a possible street value of £460,000.
Three men, aged 23, 57 and 63 and a 58-year-old woman, all from Cheltenham, were arrested on suspicion of drugs manufacturing in connection with the investigation and remain in custody.
Force Crime Operations Detective Inspector Dave Shore-Nye said: "This intelligence led operation allowed the Force Crime Operations Team to obtain a drugs warrant and successfully secure entry to the premises.
''This meant that we could arrest the suspects before seizing the evidence and dismantling a sophisticated cannabis grow which could have generated a very significant amount of money that would have been ploughed back into further criminality.
"The Force Crime Operations Team are tackling serious and organised crime on a daily basis seeking to bring offenders to justice and make Gloucestershire a safer place to live."