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More than 200 cannabis plants uncovered

Two people have been arrested after more than 200 cannabis plants were uncovered at three separate hydroponic set ups throughout Essex this week.

A total of 118 plants were discovered at an industrial unit on Thursday, April 14, 2011 when officers executed a search warrant on Swan Vale Industrial Estate in Witham.

No one has been arrested but enquiries are continuing.

Pc Steve Walker said: “When we got inside we discovered a purpose built cannabis factory with full hydroponics set up built into the unit itself.

“The message has to be if we find out criminals are cultivating cannabis in Essex we’ll come after you.”

On the same day police executed a warrant at an address in Wickford Place, Pitsea.

Inside approximately 77 plants and a hydroponics set up were uncovered and seized by police.

A 43-year-old man from Pitsea has been arrested on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis and is currently being questioned in police custody.
Pc Dan McHugh, of the Pitsea neighbourhood policing team, said: “We executed a warrant as a result of information received by the community.

“Drug use and supply blights our communities, and can bring with it a whole other host of problems for residents, so we are keen to stamp it out.”

On Wednesday, April 13, 2011, officers in Laindon uncovered a cannabis cultivation set up during a routine visit to an address in Shepeshall with St Georges Community Housing Anti-social Behaviour Team.

They smelt cannabis and uncovered a small hydroponic set up with around seven plants.

A 42-year-old man from Laindon was arrested on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis. He has been released on police bail, pending further enquiries, until Friday, June 17, 2011.

Pc Leigh Day, neighbourhood constable for Lee Chapel North, said: "We often work in partnership with St Georges and visit residents if they are experiencing any problems or causing any problems for the community.

“If you have any crime concerns in your area, then let us know and we will deal with those suspected of committing crime robustly.”

If you have any concerns about crime in your area, please call police on 0300 333 4444 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Photo:Pc Josh Anderson and Pc Leigh Day with cannabis plants seized in Laindon


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