Cannabis farms seized
09 Feb 2015 12:11 PM[View Full Size]
Cannabis farms with an estimated street value of more than £2million have been seized by police in Newcastle in the past six months.
In July last year, police visited an address in Sandringham Road in Gosforth after residents raised concerns about a strong smell of cannabis in the area.
They carried out a search of the premises and found a cannabis farm in the loft with 177 plants and associated equipment. The electricity had been bypassed and taken from the street.
Further enquiries were carried out which resulted in police attending an address in Audley Road in December. A similar cannabis farm was found with 400 plants, again the electricity had been taken from the street.
In January, a warrant was carried out at an address in Albermarle Avenue in Gosforth. Around 100 plants were discovered.
It's estimated each plant has a street value of around £1,000 - each farm is harvested three times a year meaning 677 plants could potentially yield more than £2,031,000.
Neighbourhood Inspector Julie Rana said: "We responded to concerns raised by the community about a strong smell of cannabis in the area and as a result have dismantled three cannabis farms with more than 600 plants and an estimated street value of £2,031,000.
"We value the information we receive from our communities in helping us to tackle crime and disorder and this is a great example of how we act on that information to take action against those who are causing the most harm in our communities.
"I would continue to ask our communities to come forward and speak to us, to let us know what they're concerns are and we will work with them to see how these can be resolved."
Local Neighbourhood Policing Teams can be contacted either by email - visit the Northumbria Police website www.northumbria.police.uk for details or ring Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191.
A man has been arrested and charged in connection with cultivating cannabis.