Police find ‘cannabis factory’

29 April 2010, 10:54

Two people have been arrested after police found over 700 plants in a ‘cannabis factory’ in Cheltenham.

They found the plants at a property in Tewkesbury Road yesterday morning, after officers carried a warrant at a unit on the Neptune Industrial Estate.

A 16-year-old boy and a 33-year-old man were arrested had have been charged with being concerned with the cultivation of cannabis.

It’s thought that this may be the largest amount of the drug ever recovered in the county.

Detective Inspector Barry Sweeny said;

“It’s possible that these drugs might have a street value in excess of £1 million and we’re pleased to have prevented them from getting onto the county’s streets.

"Cheltenham Police are committed to tackling drugs offences and the types of criminality that affect the quality of life for our communities.

“We hope that this warrant and subsequent arrests give our local communities confidence in us by showing that we are proactive in tackling these crimes and doing all we can to keep them safe from harm. Our actions today should also act as a warning to those people involved in drugs offences that they will be brought to justice.”

Anyone with any information about the use or supply of illegal drugs can report it to Gloucestershire Constabulary on 0845 090 1234 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.