Sunday, 12 June 2011

Major Drugs Haul in Leicester

By Ben Aulakh

More than 700 cannabis plants, with an estimated street value of £150, 000 were discovered by police in the Oadby area of Leicester on Tuesday June 7.

Officers were called to a large detached house on The Moorwoods in Oadby, following a number of tip offs from people living nearby.

However police had to wait for electricity officials to make the property safe before they could search the house as the power supply had been bypassed.

All the plants, as well as heat lamps and cultivation equipment were seized, though no arrests have been made so far.

Sergeant Steve King, from Oadby and Wigston Local Policing Unit said, “I am extremely grateful to the local community who helped us by reporting suspicious activity at the property.”

“I would urge anyone who thinks drugs are being cultivated in their neighbourhood to give us a call and let us know so that we can take them off the streets.”

Police are also keen to point out the tell-tale signs of a Cannabis factory; they include windows which are never open, curtains that are always closed, and are permanently marked with condensation.

Lights which operate on timer switches, humming noises, strange smells, intermittent visits from the houses occupants, and large amounts of compost being brought to the property are also good indications of Cannabis being grown.

Anyone with information about drugs misuse can call Leicestershire Constabulary on             0116 222 2222, or Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous on 0800 555 111.

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