Around 170 cannabis plants have been seized tonight following the latest in a series of raids which have netted nearly £1.5 million worth of drugs this year.
Officers from the Serious and Organised Crime Squad have carried out a raid in Newent in the Forest of Dean.
The self-styled weed warriors have arrested one person in the market town and they are in custody tonight.
Police tweeted a picture of a fir tree and commented: “Found a different type in the Forest today. 170 Cannabis plants seized from an address in Newent this evening. One in custody.”
It follows the seizure of hundreds of plants in several raids in Cheltenham earlier this month and one in Gloucester.
DCI Neil Smith, head of the squad, recently gave a radio interview in which he said there had been a marked growth in cannabis factories this year.
He said the public perception was that it was a low level drug with proven medical use, but the large scale cannabis factories had to be wiped out because the money generated was used to fund serious crime.
He said the recent raids had stopped around £1.5 million being pumped into serious crimes.
He said: “This is critical to what we are trying to do because organised crime across country and indeed internationally, utilise cannabis factories to generate cash.
“That cash is then pumped into the purchase and distribution of class A drugs like cocaine, utilised to purchase firearms, and is involved in human trafficking, modern day slavery child sexual exploitation and all other serious and organised crime.”
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