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Arrest over cannabis grow that was a fire hazard

July 22, 2021
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A cannabis factory was raided by police who seized plants valued between £200,000 and £300,000.

Officers swooped on a property in Charlbury Road in Wollaton to find around 275 cannabis plants.

The warrant was carried out by the City West neighbourhood policing team at 7.30am on Wednesday morning.

The plants were seized and have been destroyed.

As well as finding cannabis grows in a number of rooms, they found floorboards had been removed to create a basement area where it appeared cannabis had been grown previously.

A 25-year-old man from Nottingham has been arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis.

The suspect was also being sought by immigration officers after absconding after a failed asylum attempt.

Sergeant Tracey Perkins said the cannabis set-up had been a fire hazard.

She said: “The meter had been bypassed and was showing signs of burning due to the excess electricity generating in it.

“This goes to show how dangerous these cannabis grows are. This is a semi-detached property and if a fire had taken hold, it would have endangered a number of lives.”

It was the second successful drugs warrant carried out by the City West neighbourhood team this week.

On Monday, officers stormed a property in Denewood Crescent, Bilborough, after responding to concerns about a strong smell.

Inside they found around 200 cannabis plants sprawled across four areas.

No-one was found inside the house and enquiries to find those responsible are ongoing.

Sgt Perkins said: "These two warrants demonstrate our commitment to tackling drug supply in our communities.

“Drug dealers also prey on the most vulnerable people in our society and lead them into a life of crime which can create so much misery for themselves and their loved ones.

“We urge residents to keep talking to us and to tell us if they suspect any drug crime happening on their doorstep. We will always act on any information received and there is nowhere for criminals to hide."

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