Swoop uncovers cannabis factory following tip-off

Essex County Standard: Sgt Lou Middleton led the raid Sgt Lou Middleton led the raid

A DRUGS swoop at an industrial unit in Wivenhoe uncovered more than 170 cannabis plants.

Officers raided the property in The Avenue, opposite the Co-op, following a tip-off from the public.

Police uncovered a professional production line of plants ready to be sold.

Sgt Lou Middleton, who led the raid team, said: “We received the intelligence and followed it up immediately.

“The plants were all being grown in pots in what was a very professional set-up.”

Some of the plants have since been sent for testing and the rest have been destroyed.

Sgt Middleton said: “It was a great result and another operation we have managed to close thanks to the community working with us and us acting on the information.”

Wivenhoe mayor Robert Needham said he was surprised drug suppliers would consider the town as a place to set up a drugs factory.

He said: “I admire the public of Wivenhoe’s spirit for bringing the situation to light and calling it in and very glad information was acted on by the police.

“The decision to take direct action should be commended.”

The raid is the latest in a string of operations carried out since reorganisation of Essex Police in March.

The force has been restructured so neighbourhood policing teams carry out fewer investigations, giving them more time to respond to tip-offs.

Acting Chief Insp Jim White said people using, dealing or supplying drugs would be targeted and officers would do everything they could to clean up the streets of Colchester and the surrounding area.

He said: “Since March 1, in particular, we have been capitalising on our ability to use resources to conduct a rolling programme of raids.

“It is great to have the resources to do these raids and to be able to respond as information develops.’’ Mr White added: “Before, we had information but may not have been able to act immediately. But now we can and can send out the right message to the community and the criminals.” The Wivenhoe raid took place on Tuesday.

A 36-year-old man from London has been arrested on suspicion of a number of drug offences and bailed while investigations continue.

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6:35pm Thu 5 Apr 12

californianana says...

what a great job.well done guys.these are the ones to go after now. there's. a lot less on. the streets. and a great job done. by the public for thheir help ....
what a great job.well done guys.these are the ones to go after now. there's. a lot less on. the streets. and a great job done. by the public for thheir help .... californianana

9:10am Fri 6 Apr 12

1LoveUnity says...

Yes, a great result for.......... criminality. Let me explain how it works............ Police bust a big grow operation. There is a temporary shortage in supply. The already sky high price is driven even higher by the shortfall. More growers and suppliers are attracted by the larger profits to be made. Result..... price goes up and supply continues. It's very basic O Level economics.

To get rid of the problems caused by prohibition, get rid of prohibition. Simple.


To stop the p[roblems
Yes, a great result for.......... criminality. Let me explain how it works............ Police bust a big grow operation. There is a temporary shortage in supply. The already sky high price is driven even higher by the shortfall. More growers and suppliers are attracted by the larger profits to be made. Result..... price goes up and supply continues. It's very basic O Level economics. To get rid of the problems caused by prohibition, get rid of prohibition. Simple. To stop the p[roblems 1LoveUnity

11:08am Fri 6 Apr 12

Sarah12345 says...

{sarcasm}
Thankyou Essex police for spending your time and resources makeing us all safer.
{/sarcasm}
{sarcasm} Thankyou Essex police for spending your time and resources makeing us all safer. {/sarcasm} Sarah12345

2:49pm Fri 6 Apr 12

comeonyouirons says...

I'm wondering, does 'testing' involve rolling a fat one and seeing what happens?
I'm wondering, does 'testing' involve rolling a fat one and seeing what happens? comeonyouirons

7:28pm Fri 6 Apr 12

californianana says...

well. your sarcasm aside none of the last three posters have no experience in fighting any crime especially drugs.well I do and no we don't roll a fat one sometimes. you can tell just by the grade of the plants.sorry but from one who was on the front line fighting. sarcasm just doesn't. do it.._
well. your sarcasm aside none of the last three posters have no experience in fighting any crime especially drugs.well I do and no we don't roll a fat one sometimes. you can tell just by the grade of the plants.sorry but from one who was on the front line fighting. sarcasm just doesn't. do it.._ californianana

7:36pm Fri 6 Apr 12

1LoveUnity says...

I can assure you my post is not meant in a sarcastic way, I studied economics at A level and that is just how it works. And yes I do know about crime first hand unfortunately and that is why I am so keen to see crime reduced.
I can assure you my post is not meant in a sarcastic way, I studied economics at A level and that is just how it works. And yes I do know about crime first hand unfortunately and that is why I am so keen to see crime reduced. 1LoveUnity

9:38pm Fri 6 Apr 12

californianana says...

unity please accept my apologies if u think I was insulting u.this certainly. was not the case.maybe I just faced too. many ak47s and knives but as long as the demand is there we will have suppliers unfortunately. again. pleas accept my apologies I am sure you are very intelligent
unity please accept my apologies if u think I was insulting u.this certainly. was not the case.maybe I just faced too. many ak47s and knives but as long as the demand is there we will have suppliers unfortunately. again. pleas accept my apologies I am sure you are very intelligent californianana

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