Cop raid on drug farm - grower jailed

Cannabis farm in Underwood
Cannabis farm in Underwood

A Nottingham man has been jailed for growing cannabis after Hucknall police raided a house he rented.

Russell Crossman (46) of Kimberley Street, pleaded guilty to abstracting electricity and producing a controlled class B drug at Nottingham Crown Court where he was sentenced to 16 months in prison.

Hucknall neighbourhood officers discovered 65 cannabis plants in two grow rooms and the electricity meter had been bypassed in the front living room when they executed a warrant at Alfreton Road, Underwood, on 19th November last year.

Inspector Nick Butler said: “Thanks to a thorough investigation by the officer in charge and the evidence of a key witness we have been able to put a stop to this this illegal activity– making out communities safer as a result.

“This is a continuation of our proactive work around tackling drugs in Hucknall and builds on the Cannabis Campaign we ran last year. Residential properties used as sites for cannabis cultivation pose risks to the rest of the community; there is an increased risk of fire, criminal and antisocial behaviour, and the chance of neighbouring homes being targeted by burglars looking for a grow.”

Although the property was empty police linked it to Crossman with evidence from a witness.

A tenancy agreement in Crossman’s name and a receipt for gardening equipment purchased using Crossman’s credit card were also found at the property.

If you think there could be a cannabis cultivation in your street or community then call Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Signs that could point to a cannabis cultivation include:

Strong, sickly smell given off by cannabis plants.

High levels of condensation.

Constantly covered or blocked off windows.

Cannabis growing equipment transported to and from house.

External modifications to the property, like ventilation.

Constant buzz of ventilation.

People loitering.

Strong and constant lighting day and night.

Unsociable coming and going at all hours.

Lots of power cables.