Four people have been arrested in Salisbury yesterday after police officers uncovered two separate cannabis factories in the city.
Approximately 35 mature plants with an estimated street value of £17,000 were discovered at an address in Penruddock Close, after a warrant was carried out following intelligence received from the local community.
Three people – a 43-year-old woman, a 24-year-old man and a 34-year-old man were all arrested on suspicion of the production of cannabis.
The 34-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of possession of a class A drug. All three have been released on bail pending further enquiries.
Officers then uncovered a second cannabis factory yesterday evening, after attending an address in Bowes Lyon Court to carry out a welfare check on the occupants.
On arrival, shortly after 7.30pm, officers discovered a cannabis factory in the bedroom, with 30 mature cannabis plants and an estimated street value of £15,000. The cables at the property had been tampered with in order to bypass the key meter so electricity could be provided without payment.
The plants were all seized and a 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and abstraction of electricity – he has since been released on bail.
Inspector Pete Sparrow said: “Through community intelligence and the officers following their noses and being proactive, we have been able to arrest four people, and seize a total of approximately £32,000 worth of cannabis, stopping it from reaching the streets of our community and into the hands of vulnerable people.
“Abstracting electricity is highly dangerous and it not only creates a threat to life to those living in the immediate area, but also poses a hazard to officers.
“We would continue to urge the public to report any suspected drug activity in their areas – we will always act on information we receive.”
Anyone wishing to report drug activity should call Wiltshire Police on 101.
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