Police seize cannabis plants worth £50k
CANNABIS plants amounting to £50,000 in street value were seized by police from an address in Walcot this morning, less than 100 metres from a primary school.
A 29-year-old man was arrested and taken into custody for questioning after two officers from Wiltshire Police attended an address in Eastern Avenue shortly after 9am.
An elaborate cannabis growing operation was uncovered inside the home, involving nearly 200 plants throughout four rooms of the semi-detached, three-bedroom property.
The plants were not far from harvesting according to police at the scene, though what will be of more concern to neighbours, is the proximity of the operation to Lainesmead Primary School, which has 366 pupils.
Inspector Joe Saunders, sector head for Swindon East, said: “We have come to the address today and arrested a chap from the location having found the production of cannabis plants throughout the premises.
“The man let us into the property without any struggle. There is a 29-year-old male in custody at this time.
“This is not the biggest drugs raid I have done, but this man has maximised the space available to him in this property.
“We estimate it has a street value of £50,000 – this is a ballpark figure, based upon the presumption the plants would be full grown and sold at their maximum street value.
“Two officers attended the scene in the first instance, but were joined by colleagues from the neighbourhood policing team.
“We will look at prosecuting the man. If we do get it, he is likely to get a hefty sentence and show others what will happen to them if they do the same.”
Neighbours of the man said he had mentioned moving his girlfriend and child into the address, shortly after he arrived in the spring.
One neighbour, who chose to remain anonymous, said the man had gone out of his way to introduce himself to neighbours when he first arrived and was polite throughout the six months.
Another local resident, who also chose to remain anonymous, said: “We had no problems with the man. I have hardly seen him.”
Any residents, across the town, who suspect any suspicious activity should contact them on 101.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously if preferred.