Bradford Leigh drug raid pair in court

This Is Wiltshire: Dedicated crime officer Adam Mulliss of Wiltshire Police at the scene in January, after the raid Dedicated crime officer Adam Mulliss of Wiltshire Police at the scene in January, after the raid

Two Wiltshire men will appear at North West Wiltshire Magistrates’ Court next Friday, in connection with a drugs raid at a Bradford Leigh farm when about £225,000 worth of cannabis was seized.

The raid, part of a joint operation between Wiltshire Police and Avon and Somerset Police, found about 600 plants in various stages of growth at Fairfield Piggeries, Leigh Road, on January 25.

Adam James, 22, of Skylark Road, Melksham, has been charged with being concerned in the production of cannabis. Michael Stephen Smith, 61, of Main Street, Keevil, has been charged with the production of cannabis.

Both men are on bail and set to appear at the magistrates’ court on August 17. No action has been taken against two 60-year-old men arrested earlier in the investigation.

Cannabis plants were found in six buildings at the Bradford Leigh farm, all linked by a water hose.

Some of the plants were hidden in a room behind a door made to look like a bookcase.

About 30 officers took part in the operation, including two dog units, the dedicated crime team and other support teams.

During the Fairfield Piggeries raid, the armed response group also seized seven guns.

The Bradford Leigh cannabis factory was one of the biggest found so far in the west of Wiltshire.

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4:46pm Sun 12 Aug 12

Babs Stanley says...

We need to stop this stupid and unwinnable war against cannabis. It is causing far more harm to our communities than it prevents. If we had a properly regulated system of production and supply we'd have no more illegal cannabis farms, instead we'd have thousands of new jobs. We'd have no more dealers on the streets. Cannabis would be available to adults only through licensed outlets and we'd have some control over the THC and CBD content.

Doctors would be able to prescribe one of the safest and most effective medicines that has no serious side effects at all. At the moment the government has given GW Pharmaceuticals an illegal monopoly on cannabis so they make millions out of a medicine that you can grow in your greenhouse for virtually nothing.

If we introduced a legally regulated system we would solve nearly all the problems around cannabis. Science proves how much safer it is than tobacco, alcohol, prescription medicines and all other recreational drugs. If anyone does have a problem with it they could get help without having to confess to a crime.

CLEAR published independent, expert research last year which shows that a tax and regulate policy on cannabis would produce a net gain to the UK economy of up to £9.3 billion per annum.

It is a scandal that our government, our judges, our courts, our police and our newspapers keep misleading us about cannabis. Find out the truth for yourself and wake up to the lies you have been told..
We need to stop this stupid and unwinnable war against cannabis. It is causing far more harm to our communities than it prevents. If we had a properly regulated system of production and supply we'd have no more illegal cannabis farms, instead we'd have thousands of new jobs. We'd have no more dealers on the streets. Cannabis would be available to adults only through licensed outlets and we'd have some control over the THC and CBD content. Doctors would be able to prescribe one of the safest and most effective medicines that has no serious side effects at all. At the moment the government has given GW Pharmaceuticals an illegal monopoly on cannabis so they make millions out of a medicine that you can grow in your greenhouse for virtually nothing. If we introduced a legally regulated system we would solve nearly all the problems around cannabis. Science proves how much safer it is than tobacco, alcohol, prescription medicines and all other recreational drugs. If anyone does have a problem with it they could get help without having to confess to a crime. CLEAR published independent, expert research last year which shows that a tax and regulate policy on cannabis would produce a net gain to the UK economy of up to £9.3 billion per annum. It is a scandal that our government, our judges, our courts, our police and our newspapers keep misleading us about cannabis. Find out the truth for yourself and wake up to the lies you have been told.. Babs Stanley
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5:26pm Sun 12 Aug 12

focusonpeace says...

GW pharma grow thousands of cannabis plants in Kent. High grade Skunk, (Skunk is slang for selectively bred cross-pollinated cannabis plant, separating the females from males for a better yield, flavour and to make it seedless, 'Skunk' is also the name of a very specific strain of cannabis, kind of like 'White Widow' or 'Purple Haze', but i guess mind-bending super-potent drug sounds better for someone who has an agenda to push) So even though our government say 'No medicinal value in cannabis' They allow GW pharma to sell it expensively as medicine. They grow the same 'Skunk' the 'yoofs' smoke today, the only difference is they extract the oils from it and make tinctures. Yes, it does get you high, it would at 51% THC(Stronger than any 'Skunk') But they describe it as 'euphoric mood'. Weird how on the side of the Sativex tincture, it doesn't say anything about mental illness in the list of side effects...You would think such a 'dangerous' plant would have a BIG WARNING on the side
GW pharma grow thousands of cannabis plants in Kent. High grade Skunk, (Skunk is slang for selectively bred cross-pollinated cannabis plant, separating the females from males for a better yield, flavour and to make it seedless, 'Skunk' is also the name of a very specific strain of cannabis, kind of like 'White Widow' or 'Purple Haze', but i guess mind-bending super-potent drug sounds better for someone who has an agenda to push) So even though our government say 'No medicinal value in cannabis' They allow GW pharma to sell it expensively as medicine. They grow the same 'Skunk' the 'yoofs' smoke today, the only difference is they extract the oils from it and make tinctures. Yes, it does get you high, it would at 51% THC(Stronger than any 'Skunk') But they describe it as 'euphoric mood'. Weird how on the side of the Sativex tincture, it doesn't say anything about mental illness in the list of side effects...You would think such a 'dangerous' plant would have a BIG WARNING on the side focusonpeace
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5:40pm Sun 12 Aug 12

Docwatkins says...

I don't see any crime here. I see a man cultivating a plant, which when harvested produces a reaction in humans that is less dangerous than caffeine, alcohol or nicotine. No, I don't see a crime, I see a gigantic waste of public money for a photo opportunity.
I don't see any crime here. I see a man cultivating a plant, which when harvested produces a reaction in humans that is less dangerous than caffeine, alcohol or nicotine. No, I don't see a crime, I see a gigantic waste of public money for a photo opportunity. Docwatkins
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