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Cannabis farm discovered

Dated: 18 Feb 2012

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A large cannabis farm has been recovered by police in Northumberland.

A search warrant was executed on Friday evening, February 17, at a large industrial unit after information was received regarding a possible cannabis farm at Hadrian Enterprise Park in Haltwhistle.

A substantial cannabis farm - at this time believed to involve thousands of plants - was discovered together with cultivation equipment.

The extensive search of the premises is continuing together with the seizure of the plants. At this time no arrests have been made, however active enquiries are ongoing.

Chief Inspector Peter Reeve said: "Officers acted on the information received and executed a search warrant at a premises on an industrial estate in Haltwhistle.

"This was a successful operation which saw a large amount of plants discovered and it's unusual to find a cannabis farm of this scale in the force. These are drugs that will no longer reach the streets of Northumberland and the rest of the Northumbria force area.

"We always act on information passed to us about crime and disorder in our neighbourhoods - including the use and supply of drugs - and this demonstrates that commitment.

"There's no place for this sort of activity in our communities and I'd encourage people to let us know about what's happening in their neighbourhood so we can make sure the appropriate action is taken."

Anyone with information about drug use or supply in their community should contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.