Pensioner arrested after £50k of cannabis seized

PUBLISHED: 13:00 17 June 2013

Drugs seized from Upper Church Road, Weston.

Drugs seized from Upper Church Road, Weston.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

A WESTON pensioner has been arrested on suspicion of supplying more than £50,000 worth of cannabis, just days after two other men were charged with drug offences.

The town’s police targeting teams carried out a warrant in Upper Church Road within 24 hours of community members supplying information to the force.

Officers then arrested a 63-year-old man on suspicion of supplying of cannabis on Thursday, after they found two large boxes containing cannabis bushes, as well as four plants due to be cut.

The cannabis bush had just been cut from 34 plants and in total the drugs have an estimated street value of more than £50,000. The man has been bailed until July 8 while investigations are under way.

Another man was arrested and bailed when a cannabis factory in The Barrows, Locking Castle was discovered on Thursday.

Two grow tents and 21 plants were seized with an estimated street value of £6,000.

Sergeant Mark Jenkinson said: “As these jobs show, when the public comes to us with information, we act on it.

“We’ve stopped people making thousands of pounds out of dealing drugs on Weston’s streets.”

These incidents occurred after a man was charged with supplying and producing cannabis after police found £3,500 worth of the drug in his car.

Carl Myers was subject to a stop check by officers on the Bournville estate on February 12 and was arrested after half a kilo of cannabis resin was seized from his car.

A subsequent search of the 29-year-old’s home in Longridge Way resulted in 20 cannabis plants, which would potentially yield a further kilo of the drug, being seized, as well as growing equipment.

He was charged on June 12 with conspiracy to supply cannabis, production of cannabis and two counts of possession with intent to supply cannabis.

Myers is due to appear at North Somerset Magistrates Court on July 9.

Another man, Dean Cowell, aged 27, from Downside Road in Weston, was also charged the same day with conspiracy to supply cannabis resin and offering to supply cannabis. He is also due to appear at the magistrates court on July 9.

On June 8, a warrant in the town centre led to suspected amphetamine with a street value of around £4,000 being seized, as well as banned steroids which are likely to contain a dangerous growth hormone. A 34-year-old man from Weston was arrested and is on bail.

Information can be given to the police by calling 101 or by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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