220 cannabis plants seized in Basford and Bilborough drug raids

Police seized 220 cannabis plants during two separate drugs warrants in Basford and Bilborough and arrested two men at each scene.

Saturday, 26th June 2021, 11:39 am
Image supplied by Nottinghamshire police.
Image supplied by Nottinghamshire police.

Acting on intelligence and information gained from local people, the Basford neighbourhood, Reacher and intelligence teams forced entry to two houses one after the other.

They first targeted a property in Vernon Avenue discovering a cannabis grow of around 150 plants spreading across four different rooms - the cellar, the loft and two bedrooms.

A 22-year-old man was found in a bed in what appeared to be the dining room area.

He was arrested on suspicion of drug supply and production.

Officers from the city west neighbourhood team then targetted an address in Plantation Road, Bilborough, where they discovered around 70 plants in three upstairs bedroom along with a room on the ground floor.

A 24-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drug supply and production and possession with intent to supply Class B drugs.

Officers noted that the electricity had been bypassed and extensive ventilation and lighting systems were in place during both raids on Thursday, June 24.

The plants, which are believed to have a total street value of around £150,000, have been removed by the cannabis dismantling team and destroyed.

Neighbourhood Inspector Gordon Fenwick said: "We had substantial reason to believe drugs were being harvested at these houses and it was clear from the smell as soon as officers approached the doors that a large amount of the drug would be inside.

"We take drug supply and production extremely seriously as it can fuel all manner of crimes in our neighbourhood. Drug dealers also prey on the most vulnerable people in our society and lead them into a life of crime which can create so much misery for themselves and their loved ones.

"We urge residents to keep talking to us and to tell us if they suspect any drug crime happening on their doorstep. We will always act on any information received and there is nowhere for criminals to hide."