Four people have been arrested in Thundersley after police found 200 cannabis plants at a property on an industrial estate on Rayleigh Road.
Officers call it a “complex cultivation” and could be worth 90 thousand pounds.
All of the cannabis plants were seized to be destroyed along with any paraphernalia used to grow drugs.
Three men – a 31-year-old and 32-year old both from Leigh and an 18-year-old from Canvey – were all arrested at the scene on suspicion of drugs production and have been bailed until December 20 pending further enquiries.
The next day, whilst officers were on scene guard at the premises, a 28-year-old man from Stanford-Le-Hope presented himself and was arrested on suspicion of drugs production. He has also been bailed until December 20 pending further enquiries.
The arrests came days after two proactive drugs warrants were executed last week in the area.
Officers from Castle Point and Rochford Community Policing Team executed a warrant at an address on London Road, Benfleet. A 39-year-old man from Woodford Green was arrested on suspicion of possession of Class B drugs after a small quantity of herbal cannabis was found at the address. He received a £90 fine.
The officers carried out a second drugs warrant during the week at a premises on Rochford Garden Way, Rochford.
The team discovered and seized 2kg of herbal cannabis in a number of individual wraps, 70g of cocaine and almost £4,000 in cash. Three people were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A and Class B drugs – a 38-year-old woman from Rochford, a 38-year-old man from Southend and an 18-year-old man from Rochford – they have all been bailed until Jan 26.