POLICE have seized more than 120 cannabis plants after attending a commercial premises in Hatherleigh.
At 1.14am on Saturday, July 1, officers from Devon and Cornwall Police attended the premises and discovered a purpose-built cannabis factory.
West Devon officers seized over 120 mature cannabis plants thought to have a street value in excess of £100,000, along with a large amount of growing equipment.
Local neighbourhood beat manager PC Nathan Walker said: ’This is an excellent display of the work the West Devon policing team is doing to support its local community.
’Our actions today have prevented a large amount of illegal drugs from entering the public domain. We will continue to use all means at our disposal to disrupt the flow of drugs in our community and those that choose to make money by illegal means.’
Inspector Mark Sloman said: ’This is a significant seizure of cannabis and just shows what can be achieved when the police work closely with the community.
’I hope this seizure sends a message to local cultivators who think they can continue to grow illegal drugs without worry of interference from police, that they are not safe and whenever we get the opportunity we will disrupt them. It is pleasing to know that at least one such person is now out of pocket by over £100,000.’
DC Hannah Northcott from Okehampton’s CID team has now taken on the investigation.
Anyone with information relating to this incident, or any linked drug activity, is asked to call police on 101 quoting CR/053058/17, or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.