Police raid uncovers £300,000 cannabis haul

This Is Wiltshire: PCSO Andrew Maclachlan inspects the cannabis plants PCSO Andrew Maclachlan inspects the cannabis plants

Police raided an industrial unit near Bradford on Avon and confiscated around 250 cannabis plants worth hundreds of thousands of pounds today. 

Eight officers from the Dedicated Crime Team, working in conjunction with the local Neighbourhood Policing Team, raided Leigh House Farm Liveries off Leigh Road West shortly after 1pm.

Officers found two large shipping containers housing approximately 250 plants in various stages of growth, with some being prepared for harvesting.

The plants could produce a yield worth an estimated street value of up to £300,000.

A spokesman from the team said: “We executed a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act and found two large shipping containers full of suspected cannabis plants.
 

“The plants are in various stages of growth, from babies to mature plants. Some are being dried out. We estimate 250 plants, which are capable of a yield per year of £250,000 to £300,000."

No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing, but police have said the owner of the premises is not a suspect and are keen to speak to the people who rent the units.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Dedicated Crime Team on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

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5:24pm Wed 26 Sep 12

ManCityNo1 says...

The laws concerning Cannabis are not fit for purpose,therefore they shall be ignored !!!

Just legalise, because no one pays heed to the law anyway :)
The laws concerning Cannabis are not fit for purpose,therefore they shall be ignored !!! Just legalise, because no one pays heed to the law anyway :) ManCityNo1

5:53pm Wed 26 Sep 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 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 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

6:01pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Cannabis truth says...

Disgraceful! Police arresting citizens while the UK Government gives GW Pharma a licence to grow skunk.

Double-standards from the UK Government as usual.

And we were led to believe that cannabis has no medical value whatsoever?!?

The UK is a corrupt, sick mess and is seeping down from the very top.

The war on drugs will always be a failure, the laws for cannabis are false, they are based on lies.

Time and time again our government lies as do the police.

Disobey all cannabis laws... subvert justice in regards to cannabis.
Cannabis is good for humans.
Cannabis is harmless.

The bankers are free and the police work for them.

The only true British copper is Tony Farrell.

Chant down Babylon!
Disgraceful! Police arresting citizens while the UK Government gives GW Pharma a licence to grow skunk. Double-standards from the UK Government as usual. And we were led to believe that cannabis has no medical value whatsoever?!? The UK is a corrupt, sick mess and is seeping down from the very top. The war on drugs will always be a failure, the laws for cannabis are false, they are based on lies. Time and time again our government lies as do the police. Disobey all cannabis laws... subvert justice in regards to cannabis. Cannabis is good for humans. Cannabis is harmless. The bankers are free and the police work for them. The only true British copper is Tony Farrell. Chant down Babylon! Cannabis truth

6:34pm Wed 26 Sep 12

SuperSilverSourDiesel says...

Prohibition has always done the opposite of what its meant to. Its a failed experiment that is only kept alive by Greed, Cowardice, the power of the alcohol, tobacco and pharmaceutical companies and of course personal prejudices. It being illegal has nothing to do with Expert advice, scientific evidence or our health and safety. Just say No to prohibition, it causes more harm than cannabis ever could.
We need to take the control away from criminals. Bringing cannabis into a regulated market will see a decline in criminals selling it and children buying it. When a country regulates cannabis, drug use goes down and age of first use goes up. The amount of criminals selling it declines and taxation ensures a potential 9 billion per year. With out regulation, dealers sell to who ever what ever age, the only ID they need is money. By handing the cannabis market to criminals, we are now in the worst case scenario, cannabis user or not.


"The lesson has already been learned with alcohol prohibition. We tried to engineer an alcohol-free society and ended up with huge criminal enterprises, government corruption, children lured into organized crime and random violence that took the lives of countless innocent people."
- Kurt Schmoke, Mayor of Baltimore
Prohibition has always done the opposite of what its meant to. Its a failed experiment that is only kept alive by Greed, Cowardice, the power of the alcohol, tobacco and pharmaceutical companies and of course personal prejudices. It being illegal has nothing to do with Expert advice, scientific evidence or our health and safety. Just say No to prohibition, it causes more harm than cannabis ever could. We need to take the control away from criminals. Bringing cannabis into a regulated market will see a decline in criminals selling it and children buying it. When a country regulates cannabis, drug use goes down and age of first use goes up. The amount of criminals selling it declines and taxation ensures a potential 9 billion per year. With out regulation, dealers sell to who ever what ever age, the only ID they need is money. By handing the cannabis market to criminals, we are now in the worst case scenario, cannabis user or not. "The lesson has already been learned with alcohol prohibition. We tried to engineer an alcohol-free society and ended up with huge criminal enterprises, government corruption, children lured into organized crime and random violence that took the lives of countless innocent people." - Kurt Schmoke, Mayor of Baltimore SuperSilverSourDiesel

10:23pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Pawel_Si says...

If there is over 3 tonnes of cannabis used daily in the UK, that seizure is not even laughable, but disgraceful waste of tax-payers money and Police time. Also pictures like that reminds me of times of prohibition in the US in the '20s. People never learn...
If there is over 3 tonnes of cannabis used daily in the UK, that seizure is not even laughable, but disgraceful waste of tax-payers money and Police time. Also pictures like that reminds me of times of prohibition in the US in the '20s. People never learn... Pawel_Si

12:07pm Thu 27 Sep 12

Marrytime says...

the photo is captioned "PCSO Andrew Maclachlan inspects the cannabis plants"


what for?
the photo is captioned "PCSO Andrew Maclachlan inspects the cannabis plants" what for? Marrytime

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