Nine people have been arrested in Sunderland on suspicion of being involved in a conspiracy to produce industrial amounts of cannabis. About 500 plants were discovered during a search at a house on Otto Terrace, in the city centre, on Tuesday. One growing cycle of the plants is believed to be worth about £150,000 and police say, if not discovered, the street value could have been much more. Around £14,000 in cash was also seized at a house on Mount Road. Those arrested are in their 20s and 30s and police say some of them will now be dealt with by the UK Border Agency. In a separate operation 200 cannabis plants have been found in a flat in Ashington, Northumberland. Growing equipment and bags of harvested cannabis were found at other addresses. A 28-year-old Ashington man has been arrested.
via : bbc
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