Drug factory swoop in Chippenham
10:00am Thursday 29th November 2012 in Latest News
Police have seized cannabis worth up to £4,000 from a Chippenham house.
The suspected cannabis
factory was raided by Chipp-enham police on Monday morning.
They were given information from inside the local community that the one-bedroom house in Roman Way, Pewsham, was being used for cultivating the drug.
Police obtained a warrant from North West Wiltshire Magistrates’ Court and raided the house at 9.38am.
Officers forced the door and found nine plants inside. They had been stripped and a large quantity of leaves and buds were nearby.
Extractor fans and lighting were among items of equipment seized and officers also found evidence of seedlings being planted and cultivated in the kitchen.
A total of 15 police officers and police community support officers based in Chippenham, Calne and Corsham, plus a number of scenes of crime officers, were involved in the raid.
The occupier of the rented house was not in at the time.
Sgt Phil Connor, of Chipp-enham Police, said: “We found a sophisticated cultivation set- up in the property. It was a small cannabis factory.
“We are convinced that this seizure of drugs, suspected to be cannabis, was destined for the streets of Chippenham, Calne and surrounding villages.
“The landlord of the property was shocked that his property was being used for this purpose. This is part of an ongoing programme to disrupt drug dealers and suppliers.”
Insp Phil Staynings, the new commander of the sector, said the drug raid was a good example of police acting on information provided by the public and he thanked them for coming forward.