Cannabis farm discovered

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A HUGE cannabis operation has been uncovered by police at a house in Market Weighton, the Post can exclusively reveal.

A 35-year-old Vietnamese man was arrested at the house on Princess Road on Monday.

Police found 411 plants on the upper floor and attic of the property which were seized by officers following the raid at about 1pm.

Typically, 400 plants like the ones found at the house, which were of varying maturity, could fetch up to £200,000 in today’s market.

Sergeant Pete Rogers, of Pocklington and Wolds Weighton Neighbourhood Policing Team, is delighted with the outcome of the operation.

He said: ‘‘We’re very pleased with the result. It’s an excellent example of how community intelligence can work. It’s an unusual situation for an area like ours, but not unique.

“It’s certainly an excellent result for the Neighbourhood Policing Team here at Pocklington and Wolds Weighton.

‘‘It won’t be the last time we’ll do something similar. If evidence exists to support intelligence that similar factories exist elsewhere in our area, warrants will be obtained and searches made.””

He added: ”It just goes to show that people will take advantage of quieter areas like ours and shows how important it is for the public to report their concerns to us.”

Police were alerted to the house, which is situated across from a school, after local intelligence was received in recent weeks.

Altogether 13 police officers attended the scene on Monday, including members of the Pocklington and Howden Neighbourhood Policing Teams, the Operational Support Section of Humberside Police and a Crime Scene Investigation officer.

When police raided the house they found various types of equipment used to grow the cannabis plants.

Sgt Rogers said: “There were the cannabis plants on the top floor and in the attic and the means used to propagate them was clearly in evidence.

‘‘The electrical system had been adapted to assist in the growing process, with an extractor system in place.”

Sgt Rogers said that although situations like this are rare in the region, similar incidents have occurred before.

He said: ‘‘There are parallels with similar incidents across other areas in Humberside and areas external to Humberside. Sometimes, several houses are being run with individuals placed in them to cultivate the cannabis plants being grown.

“Quite often these people are illegal entrants to the UK and obviously the UK Border Agency are looking at that aspect of it as well in respect to the individual we arrested yesterday (Monday).”

The man has been questioned by the UK Border Agency and enquiries are still ongoing. He has been charged with the production of cannabis and he is suspected of being an illegal entrant to the UK.

He appeared at Goole Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Following the discovery, neighbour Joan Potter said: “He has lived there quite a while. You never see anyone going to and fro.

“He had the bedroom light on a lot though.”

Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: ”He was very quiet and kept himself to himself.”