Cannabis farm discovered and arrest made as officers execute morning warrant in Rochdale

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A cannabis farm potentially worth thousands of pounds was discovered in Rochdale this morning (20/11/23), as officers executed simultaneous warrants at two properties in Daventry Way.

It was an early morning wake-up call for the occupants, as officers from the local neighbourhood team made a rapid entry into both the houses.

In one, a cannabis farm which included plants at different stages of their grow cycle was discovered. This included numerous paraphernalia and material used to grow and maintain the plants, such as fans, heaters, and pots. The farm will be dismantled, with all the plants destroyed.

One man, aged 43, was arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis and abstracting electricity. He remains in custody for questioning.

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Sergeant Damieon Hartley-Pickles, from Greater Manchester Police’s Kirkholt and Castleton neighbourhood team, said: “When we receive intelligence of illegal activity and criminality in our area, we will act. This morning’s result was a fantastic find and ensures we keep drugs off of our streets.

“The plants within the property, once fully cultivated and prepared, would have had a potential street value of thousands of pounds. However, they have now been sent off to be destroyed and are out of circulation.

“We remain committed to tackling criminality wherever it presents itself and will tackle drugs– which can have incredibly harmful consequences – when we can. If you have information, please do get in touch with us. You can do this by calling us on 101, or reporting information at gmp.police.uk.

“You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”

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