Huge cannabis find at house
Mar 29 2007
By The Huddersfield Daily Examiner
POLICE who raided a house in a Huddersfield village found a forest of cannabis in every room.
Officers raided a Victorian terraced house in Denby Dale at around 2.20pm yesterday afternoon and discovered a huge cannabis-growing operation - equal to the biggest-ever cannabis haul in Huddersfield.
Hundreds of plants were growing in every room at the rented home.
A man in his 20s was arrested and taken to Huddersfield police headquarters for questioning about drugs and electricity offences.
He is believed to be Vietnamese.
In recent months police have raided cannabis-growing operations around the country organised by people from Vietnam.
It is understood that changes had been made to the electricity supply in the Denby Dale house to by-pass the electricity meter.
Growing cannabis requires a huge amount of power.
The raid was carried out by Denby Dale Neighbourhood Policing Team and Kirklees District Drugs Team.
Sgt Ian Hardy said police acted after receiving tip-offs about suspicious activity around the house - including calls to Crimestoppers.
He said: "This shows that we act on information provided by the public.
"Where we suspect the illegal cultivation and supply of cannabis is taking place we will take positive action to disrupt it.
"If you suspect someone is growing cannabis near you please call us.
"It will always involve suspicious activity and people may recognise the distinctive smell of cannabis."
Det Insp Seth Robinson, from Kirklees District Drugs Team, confirmed this morning that 344 mature cannabis plants had been found, along with a further 210 saplings.
He estimates the crop would have a street value of £250,000 - equal to a huge find in Huddersfield town centre earlier this year.
That was in flats on St Peter's Street on February 6.
Detectives and Drug Squad officers found hundreds of plants, with a street value of £250,000, beneath a canopy of hydroponic lights and a watering system.
It was the biggest and most sophisticated cannabis factory yet discovered in the town.
Three men were later remanded in custody accused of conspiring to produce cannabis.
There are thought to be Vietnamese connections in that case.
On Monday police discovered a cannabis factory in Leeds in which a tunnel had been dug underneath a road to connect the hydroponic equipment to the mains.
Officers found more than 1,000 suspected cannabis plants in a terraced house in Headingley after the tunnel caused part of the road to collapse.
The house had been rigged with a full ventilation system.
* Anyone with suspicions about drug-dealing or the cultivation of cannabis should phone the anonymous Crimestoppers Dob In A Dealer hotline on 0800 555 111 or Kirklees District Drugs Team on 0845 6060606.
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