Officers swoop on Wordsley industrial unit
3 July 2013
MORE than 100 cannabis plants have been seized by police during a drugs raid in Wordsley yesterday morning (2 July).
Officers from the Dudley Community Action and Proactive Team forced entry to an industrial unit opposite the well known Glass Cone Works at 11am.
Once inside the unit, officers found several rooms of cannabis plants at various stages of growth. A large quantity of cannabis was also found in a 'drying out' room.
Police Constable Paul Bedworth, based at Stourbridge police station, said: "We have been able to execute this morning's warrant thanks to information supplied by members of the local community.
"We do not underestimate the effect drug crime can have on the lives of local people and would urge anybody with concerns to call us on 101. We really do rely on local information to tackle drug crime and will continue to conduct warrants as and when information is received."
The following are West Midlands Police's tips on how to spot a cannabis farm:
- Premises have blinds drawn during the day or windows permanently covered.
- No apparent occupants but people visit for short periods of time.
- A constant low buzzing noise emanating from the premises.
- Ducting tubes protruding from the windows or under roofing eaves.
- Strong odours coming from the premises.
- Large amounts of fertiliser or empty fertiliser packaging inside/outside the premises.
- Evidence of tampering with wiring.
- Bright lights inside the premises at irregular hours.
- Humidity inside the premises.
Anybody with information about drug crime is urged to call West Midlands Police on 101. Alternatively, those who do not wish to speak with police can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
(Picture: PC Shaun Lyle off Dudley's CAPT team next to cannabis plants)
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