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01 May 2012
The trend of growing Cannabis plants on a small and industrial
level in Cheshire is becoming an increasing issue.
Cheshire Police has always taken a very pro-active
stance towards this type of criminality and responded
swiftly to intelligence when locations have been identified. As a
result there has been a significant and increasing number
of seizures of plants in recent years. This reflects the
very low tolerance Cheshire Police take on those that want to take
the risk of committing this type of offence in this county.
In March Cheshire Police joined forces with its colleagues
across the region to tackle cannabis production and in that month
alone Cheshire Officers conducted 60 search
warrants which disrupted 27 cultivations,
resulting in 29 arrests, the seizure of cash and
more than 1300 plants.
Chief Inspector Brian Roberts of the Force Intelligence Bureau
- Chief Inspector Brian Roberts, Force Intelligence
We will be relentless at continuing to make Cheshire an
undesirable location to commit this type of offence and we will
continue to take positive action seizing, disrupting and arresting
Our staff will tackle this issue using traditional searching of
premises methods and arresting anybody linked to the offence,
additionally we will look to use any other appropriate powers such
as the seizure of cash and assets to those that are making a
business from the production and supply of drugs.
Cannabis is now stronger than ever and it is important that
people are aware of the long term effects the strength and potency
can have on an individual′s health.
Assistant Chief Constable Ruth Purdie added:
Purdie, Cheshire Constabulary
The perception of cannabis needs to change and the
danger to young people′s health needs to be
Additionally, people should be aware that those who buy cannabis
are funding organised crime groups associated with the supply of
class A drugs, firearms and other criminality that impacts on our
Cheshire Police need more information about small and large
scale growing of cannabis in order to continue to disrupt
cultivation. Anybody who has information can contact the police on
101 or crimestoppers anonymously on 0800