A 38-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis after officers executed a warrant at an address in Brentwood.
Officers from Essex Police’s West Operation Raptor supported by officers from the Operational Support Group, executed a warrant today (Wednesday March 1) at a residential address in Thorndon.
In the grounds of the property they found several outbuildings which appeared to be being used for the cultivation of cannabis. The rooms contained a sophisticated drug-growing set-up, including hydroponic lighting (which is used to help the plants grow), ventilation and fertilisation equipment.
The buildings also contained hundreds of what is believed to be cannabis plants at various stages of growth, from baby plants to mature ones ready to be harvested. The outbuildings also contained a “drying room” used to get mature plants ready for sale on the street.
Sgt Scott Fitzmaurice of the West Operation Raptor team said: “This appeared to be a very sophisticated cannabis cultivation set up.
“There were three different outbuildings containing what is believed to be cannabis at various stages of growth and each of the outbuildings had been kitted out with insulation, ventilation, specialist lighting and all of the equipment needed to help the drug grow.
“We have seized hundreds of plants, which will have a street value running into hundreds of thousands of pounds, and they will now no longer be reaching the streets of our county.
“I would urge anyone who has information about drug-related activity, to report it to Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 11. We will always act on intelligence given to us and robustly target those involved in drug related crime.”
The 38-year-old man remains in custody.
Essex Police’s Operation Raptor teams were set up in the West, South and North to tackle gang and drug-related crime.