Police show cannabis seized in raid in St Paul's
POLICE have raided a Cheltenham cannabis factory containing plants with a street value of up to £25,000.
Officers moved in on the two-bedroom house in Marle Hill Road, St Paul's at about 9am yesterday morning , after a tip-off from a member of the public through the crime-fighting organisation Crimestoppers.
They recovered 42 plants and dried leaves from the basement of the two-storey house, which fronts directly on to the pavement, halfway along Marle Hill Road.
Scenes of crime officers combed the property, gathering evidence before the class B drug was removed. It will now be analysed in order to prepare arrest warrants in connection with the find.
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The house was stripped of equipment used to grow the illicit substance, for forensic testing.
Officers at Hester's Way Police Station had been gathering intelligence for weeks before the raid, in order to obtain a warrant to search the house.
Police Constable Craig Openshaw said: "You usually find plants everywhere in a property which has been converted into a cannabis factory, but the main activity was concentrated in the cellar of this house.
"The vents have been blocked up, to prevent the smell of the plants from seeping out, as it is quite noticeable.
"The plants were in the basement and spread out around the house. There is also hydroponics and lighting equipment which we will confiscate.
"The plants are ready for harvesting so it would have been a good yield with a high street value." No arrests have been made yet and the house was unoccupied when it was raided.
PC Openshaw added: "There are some nice members of the community in this area, and it's a boost to receive help to make the area that little bit better for everyone. I hope this encourages the community to come forward with details about drugs crime in Cheltenham.
"As this shows, we will take strong action where we have information. We have an idea who we want to speak to in connection with the execution of this warrant and we will have some arrests soon."
Anyone with information can call police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.