Weston-super-Mare police raid uncovers £100k of drugs

PUBLISHED: 15:18 01 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:33 01 June 2017

Drug haul in Waterloo Street.

Drug haul in Waterloo Street.

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A police drug raid uncovered thousands of pounds worth of cannabis in Weston-super-Mare last week.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary carried out two drugs raids at buildings in Waterloo Street and Walliscote Road.

The police seized 185 mature cannabis plants, worth more than £100,000, in Waterloo Street last Wednesday (May 24).

Sergeant Mark Jenkinson said: “It was a well-organised commercial grow which included alterations to the building and a substantial amount of professional growing equipment.

“However the building had been damaged and electricity abstraction always carries a risk.

“Our enquiries are ongoing and we will continue to take robust action to deal with drug dealing across North Somerset.”

A police spokesman told the Mercury: “We have identified someone who we would like to speak to in connection to the incident.”

The police also raided two flats in Walliscote Road on Saturday (May 27).

The raids were a result of tip-offs from people in the community who believed drug dealing was taking place.

During an operation in July last year, 67 people were arrested and 14 of the suspects were later sentenced to a combined total of 39 years in prison.

The defendants were sentenced to a minimum of two years each and an additional four people were handed two year suspended sentences.


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