Five cannabis plants found growing in loft
POLICE intelligence led to cannabis plants being discovered in a drugs raid at a Scunthorpe property
Officers from Scunthorpe West Neighbourhood team carried out the drugs warrant at an address in St Albans Close, Scunthorpe, at around 2pm on Tuesday.
Officers found three bags of cannabis and other drug paraphernalia.
A further five plants were found growing in the loft.
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Police had obtained information on the property through local intelligence.
The police helicopter was then drafted in and, using thermal imaging cameras, heat was detected coming from sheds at the rear of the property.
Because of the evidence they had built up, police executed the warrant.
Richard Short, neighbourhood police officer for Scunthorpe West, said: "It is important that we get the message out there and interrupt this criminal activity.
"The whole operation was led by local intelligence and this is something that we will be doing more of."
The owner of the property was asked to voluntarily attend Scunthorpe West Police Station, where he will be interviewed about the drugs.
PC Short said this was just one of a number of drug warrants that officers will be carrying out in the next few months.
He explained a fully grown cannabis plant can be worth around £600 to a drug dealer, so cracking down on the activity is something police will continue to target.
Between 2010 and 2012, Humberside Police officers discovered around 300 separate cannabis cultivations.
And in a move led by Crimestoppers, marijuana- scented scratch cards are to be posted to households across the Humberside Police force area in a bid to crack down on illegal cannabis farms.
The Humber area is one of 13 force areas nationwide in which the cards are to be distributed.
The scratchcard scheme – part of the Rat on a Rat campaign – sees police act on intelligence gained when residents report neighbours they suspect of growing cannabis.