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£1m worth of cannabis seized as residential drugs factory closed in Mapperley

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Cannabis with a street value of around £1m was seized by police during a drugs raid at a residential property in Mapperley

Officers forced entry to an address in Lucknow Drive shortly before 11.30am yesterday in response to local intelligence.

Inside they found a large-scale cannabis grow, with around 1,400 mature plants crammed into multiple rooms across the detached property.

They have now been taken away and destroyed, and an array of sophisticated growing and filtering equipment will also be put beyond use.

Two men, aged 24 and 20, were arrested on suspicion of drugs offences and remain in police custody.

Two bottles of CS spray and a telescopic baton were also recovered from the address.

Sergeant Natham Phipps, of Nottinghamshire Police, led the raid. He said: “Drug enforcement and violence reduction are the top priority for us. Yesterday’s proactive, intelligence-led raid shows how important it is for local officers to create and maintain strong relationships with people in the local community.

“This was a very large and sophisticated operation that would have taken a considerable amount of time and money to set up. This property had essentially been turned into a factory for the supply of illegal drugs but has now been closed for good.”

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Inspector Karl Thomas, local area commander for Nottinghamshire Police, said: “I am aware that some people are still of the view that this ‘is only a bit of weed’ and that we should be focussing on different issues.

“But in reality, these kind of large-scale grows are very often linked to ruthless organised criminal gangs from home and abroad whose members won’t think twice about using extreme acts of violence to protect their investment from other equally ruthless criminals. Domestic cannabis grows can also create a very substantial fire risk to neighbouring properties and will never be tolerated by Nottinghamshire Police.

“This is a great result for the local team and testament to the hard work and dedication shown by the officers involved. It should also serve as a warning to others involved in the illegal supply of drugs – we could very well be coming for you next.

“So, if you suspect a property in your area is being used for the supply of drugs please contact us immediately. We won’t always take action right away but we will use the information you provide to build up a stronger intelligence picture and plan future action.”

Signs that you could be living next to a cannabis farm include: a strong, sickly smell; constantly covered or blacked-out windows; the constant buzz of ventilation; and unusual comings and going from people and vehicles.

Anyone with any additional information about this incident or any other drug related crime is asked to call 101 quoting incident 283 of 9 September 2021.

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