July 26 2014 Latest news:
Peter Walsh, Crime correspondent
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Police in Norwich seized cannabis after officers sniffed out a drugs hub while on patrol.
Officers on patrol last night in the Southwell Road area became aware of a strong smell of cannabis coming from an address and subsequently searched a property.
Fifty-nine cannabis plants were found growing at the address along with about £800 worth of harvested plants.
A 72-year-old man interviewed at the scene and has been reported for summons for cultivating cannabis and possession with intent to supply a Class B drug.
The find comes days after officers seized 200 plants from a house in Sandy Lane on Saturday night (3 May) where a 48-year-old man was charged with producing cannabis.
Sgt Mark Shepherd, from the Norwich South Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), said: “This is the second drugs find we’ve had this week in the neighbourhood and I hope this shows the public we will act on information.
“Illegal drug activity and associated crime and can have a detrimental impact on local communities and our targeted patrols will continue.”
Possible signs of a cannabis factory include large amounts of lighting and ventilation equipment, covered up or blocked windows, high condensation levels on windows and comings and goings to a property at all hours.
Anyone with information concerning illegal drug activity should contact police on 101 or report information anonymously to Crimestoppers anonymously on 08000 555 111.