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Thamesmead drug raid: £156,000 worth of plants and equipment seized

PUBLISHED: 17:11 27 September 2011

Cannabis plants were seized from the property

Cannabis plants were seized from the property

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More than 290 cannabis plants and equipment, thought to be worth around £156,000, have been seized from a property in Thamesmead.

Police officers discovered 300 seedlings along with hydroponic equipment used to cultivate the drug at an address in Crowden Way and said the swoop will have a ‘significant impact’ on cannabis supply in the area.

The site was raided by officers from Thamesmead East Safer Neighbourhoods Policing Team at 7am yesterday morning.

They were joined by a representative from EDF Energy and Immigration Services.

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Pryde said: “The discovery of this cannabis factory will have a significant impact on the supply of cannabis in the area.

“Cannabis factories are not only illegal they are dangerous to local residents as wiring and flammable liquids make them hazardous.

“Landlords should be vigilant because rental properties are being targeted as places to grow cannabis on a large scale.

“We advise all landlords to complete thorough checks before renting a property.”

No arrests were made and police enquiries continue into who has been cultivating the plants.

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