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Raiding a cannabis factory

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn recently joined a police raid on a cannabis factory following intelligence that they received. The officers from Attercliffe police station comprised elements from the Intelligence unit and Operation Scimitar from the Organised Crime Unit.


The seized cannabis was the stronger, more potent, ‘skunk’ variety, which police believe to be more prevalent on UK streets than weaker varieties of years gone by. Across Sheffield the police execute over 100 warrants a month in relation to cannabis factories. 


Criminal gangs, often from South-East Asia, choose inconspicuous locations and turn them into cannabis factories. The properties are stripped back, and equipment such as special lighting and strong chemicals are used to help grow the plants.


Meg said:


“This was an opportunity to see the great work the Sheffield Police are doing in combating illegal drug use. I was shocked to see the amount of cannabis being grown in this one apartment.  


The plants were growing under intense bright lights with electric heaters going on full power. Due to the many strong chemicals used in growing the plants the smell was really quite overpowering.


The police must continue this excellent work keeping drugs off the streets of Sheffield. These highly addictive substances are dangerous to those that use them, but also to the people growing the plants or living near these dangerous and unhealthy environments.”


The raid was led by Acting Deputy Chief Inspector Bob Chapman who said:


"Cannabis cultivation in the UK has become big business for organised crime. The police in Sheffield are determined that in our city, this will not be the case.


We act quickly on any intelligence we receive, which often results in police operations and search warrants such as this one. The public can be assured that where we find such cultivation sites, the persons responsible are prosecuted and in many cases their assets are seized" 


Associated Photograph :

Meg next to cannabis being grown in the apartment.

Meg next to cannabis being grown in the apartment.

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