Shock after village drugs den busted by police
THOUSANDS of pounds of cannabis have been seized at a secret Forest of Dean drug den.
At least five mature plants were found by police in Newnham during a police swoop yesterday.
A house in Allsopp Close was at the centre of the raid at around 8am after police obtained a warrant for the property.
A 39-year-old man and 27-year-old man, both local, were arrested on suspicion of drugs manufacture and currently remain in police custody.
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A Gloucestershire police spokesman said: "At least five plants at a very mature stage of growth were found in the house and in the garden of the property, along with piles of dried leaves."
Hundreds of pounds cash was also confiscated as part of the investigation."
One villager, who asked not to be named, said drugs were out of character for the quiet parish. She said: "I'm very surprised by this. It will come as a shock to residents as it is not the sort of thing we have to come to expect in a quiet village like Newnham.
"As far as I am aware we haven't seen this sort of activity here before, only a bit of antisocial behaviour.
"I am glad that the police have found it so that this activity can be put to a stop as drugs are a terrible thing."
Police have targeted a number of drug dens across the Forest of Dean in recent weeks as part of Operation Rapier, an initiative to clamp down on drugs crime and other serious offences that are often related to drugs.
Previous raids in the area have pulled in large drugs hauls.
Some 70 grams of mephedrone, also known as MCAT, worth at least £700, was found at Latimer Road, in Cinderford, back in March.
In Coleford, cocaine, cannabis and ketamine found by police during a raid in February.