Cannabis plants seized in drugs raid

PUBLISHED: 10:59 28 September 2012

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MORE than 240 cannabis plants have been seized from a house in Weston by police.

Officers found the drugs when they carried out a warrant on a property in Laburnum Road yesterday (Thurs) as part of the force’s Operation Viscount which aims to tackle cannabis factories.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary’ s neighbourhood beat manager PC Simon Robinson was one of the team who searched the house.

He said: “Local people reported their suspicions about the house to us and we have acted on that.

“There were six large rooms and a loft full of plants, which were all destined for our streets.

“These factories, set up with sophisticated hydroponics equipment, are dangerous and the associated crime and anti-social behaviour that go with the cultivation of these drugs is detrimental to the community.

“We will not tolerate it in Weston and we will relentlessly pursue those who think they can produce and sell drugs in our community and put them before the courts to bring them to justice.”

Police listed signs to look out for to help tackle drugs factories. They include:

-Windows permanently covered from the inside

-Visits to the premises at unusual times of day or night

-Black bin bags or laundry bags being taken away

-Vents protruding through the roof or a rear window

-Strange, pungent smells coming from the premises

-Unusual noises from equipment such as cooling fans

Police also said not to approach a suspicious house, but to report it immediately on 101.

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