03/01/2019

Hundreds of Cannabis Plants Seized in Hartlepool

Last night, Wednesday 2nd January, Hartlepool Neighbourhood officers discovered a large cannabis farm on Nesham Road in Hartlepool after receiving intelligence from a member of the public.

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Between 350 and 400 plants were discovered over three floors of the property which are believed to have a street value of over £350,000.

 A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of producing class B drugs in connection with the cannabis farm and currently remains in custody.

Hartlepool Neighbourhood Sergeant Adrian Dack said: “We always act on intelligence from the public regarding drugs activity and are always thankful for their support when they come forward with information. This again shows that working together with our communities who come forward with information that we will act upon it and we encourage others to follow suit.”

Typical signs of a cannabis farms being grown inside a property include:

• Windows sealed and covered in a property or the curtains permanently closed.
• Bright lights on 24 hours a day or at unusual times.
• Heat from an adjoining property (cannabis farms produce a lot of heat). Birds often gather on the roof of a warm property in cold weather.
• Frequent and varied visitors to a property, often at unusual times.
• Gardening equipment being taken into a property, such as plant pots, fertiliser, fans and industrial lighting.
• Big electricity bills (aimed at landlords).
• A strong smell of cannabis constantly in the street.

Anyone with information on drugs activity in their local area is asked to contact police on 101 or report anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.