£300,000 cannabis farm shut down

By Sam Cooper | 22/05/2017

£300,000 cannabis farm shut down
An officer examines the set-up

MORE than £300,000 worth of cannabis plants were seized during a police raid following a tip-off from a member of the public.

Officers from Rotherham Central local policing team (LPT) carried out the raid at a property on Clough Road, Eastwood, on Sunday.

It took the value of drugs and contraband cigarettes seized by the team to more than £1 million since the start of the year.

Sgt Dave Baines said: “It’s always rewarding to break-up up a sophisticated drug set-up and on this occasion we must extend our thanks to the local community, which has assisted us in intelligence gathering.

“Without the public’s input we might have missed this opportunity, which highlights how important engagement is in the disruption of criminality.

“The force helicopter, officers in plain clothes and sniff tests are often used to help recover drugs but I cannot underestimate the value of information from members of the public who want to help.”

Sgt Baines said more than 50 arrests have been made and 11 warrants executed since the turn of the year.

He added: “There will be no let-up in tackling the issues that are of priority to our community.

“This latest set-up was not being tended to when we entered, so we are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious.”

Anyone with any information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 833 of May 21.

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