Cannabis factory discovered in Morecambe

POLICE have seized around 1,000 cannabis plants from an empty house in Morecambe.

Officers were called to the property on Alexandra Road at around 11.58pm on Monday following a report of a break-in at the address.

A number of discarded cannabis plants were found outside the premises and an operational support unit was then called upon to gain entry to the building.

Inside, officers discovered a large-scale sophisticated cannabis production set-up on all five floors of the house, with in excess of 1,000 plants at various stages of growth or harvest. A full audit of the factory will take place today but it is estimated that the plants could have a street value of around £400,000.

A Vietnamese man, aged 28, was arrested on suspicion of producing class B drugs and possessing class A drugs (ecstasy) and a 20-year-old Vietnamese male was arrested on suspicion of producing class B drugs. Both are currently in police custody.

Insp Dave Vickers of Morecambe police said: “This is a significant seizure of cannabis plants from what appears to be a very organised and sophisticated production system. The seizure of these plants, along with equipment being used to grow them, will prevent a large amount of drugs from reaching our streets.

“Drug abuse has a number of knock-on effects which cause problems for out communities – crimes such as burglary, car crime and robbery are often committed to fund a drug habit. We are committed to tackling those who produce and sell drugs in our neighbourhoods and our investigations into this particular set-up are ongoing.”

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