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19 June 2015, 13:43 | Updated: 19 June 2015, 13:50
Kent Police is appealing for information from the public following a multimillion-pound cannabis seizure from an industrial estate in Gravesend
Officers uncovered the massive operation after executing a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 at a property in Canal Basin on Wednesday 17 June, finding an estimated 1,600 plants in various stages of growth.
Further information led to them executing another warrant the following day at a nearby property where several thousand more plants were found.
Initial estimates suggest the set-up is worth several million pounds in street value.
Specialist officers remain on scene and will be examining the evidence found in the properties and carrying out initial enquiries – a process expected to take several days.
Detective Inspector Kevin Downard of Kent Police said: 'This is a hugely significant find of an operation clearly linked to organised crime gangs and we are appealing to members of the public to think back to whether they may have seen anybody behaving suspiciously in this area.
‘At this early stage there are a number of lines of enquiry we need to follow up in the coming days but we would welcome any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, that may assist.’
Anybody with information is asked to call Kent Police on 101, quoting reference 17-0915. Alternatively, call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.