By Daniel Wood
Huddersfield Police seized drugs accumulating to tens of thousands of pounds in the second-largest cannabis factory raid in the past seven days.
The Huddersfield Neighbourhood Policing Team seized 68 large cannabis plants worth around £30,000 from a drugs factory in Percy Street, Fartown.
In the past seven days, hundreds of plants worth a total of £130,000 have been seized by officers in Kirklees.
Cannabis and growing equipment were found at the property on Sunday afternoon (9th August), and officers executed a warrant so that they could search the property.
The cannabis factory covered six rooms of the property. Police recovered all the drugs, and the factory has been dismantled.
Police arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs and remains in police custody today for questioning.
Inspector Graham Dyson of the Huddersfield NPT said: “Developing the information around drug cultivation is paramount to dealing with organised crime.
“Cannabis farms aren’t easy to set up and require time and money to establish. The two cannabis farms my officers and colleagues located in Huddersfield and Dewsbury were both of a sizeable scale, and police enquiries remain ongoing to both these investigations.”
The farm found before this was a 400-plant cannabis farm at a former commercial property on Bradford Road on the evening of Sunday, 2nd August.
There had been reports of suspicious activity at the property. Upon entry, Police found three floors of cannabis plants, which totalled up to over £100,000.
Insp Graham Dyson assured people that officers are already working on the next location, and they will continue to review all information to break up the organised crime gangs who profit from drugs.
He also urged people to contact the Huddersfield Police Department with any information about suspected drugs protection in the communities.
Information about drugs crime in Huddersfield can be given by dialling the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111 or directly on 101 online at www.westyorkshire.polic.uk/101livechat.