POLICE recovered a haul of cannabis plants after raiding a house in a South Derbyshire village as part of a continued crackdown on drug related crime.
Officers from Derbyshire Police arrested two men on suspicion of cultivating cannabis after searching a property in Main Street, Etwall, yesterday morning on the back of intelligence from members of the public.
A total of 36 plants were seized, which have now been taken away for forensic testing, after specially trained officers combed through the house looking for drugs.
Police chiefs told the Mail that they hope that the raid ‘sends a message’ to people who think they can grow or sell drugs in the area.
PC Eileen Banton, who is a crime reduction officer based at Swadlincote Police Station, said: “This latest operation shows that the force is determined to drive out drug related crime and make the area safer.
“Drug set ups like this can bring about suffering and anxiety to innocent members of the public who live nearby and that is one of the major reasons we undertake operations like this, to make people safer and fell good about where they live.
“This raid also showed how vital it is that we continue our great work with the community in South Derbyshire.
“Members of the public play an integral role in helping us police the area and we would urge them to keep coming forward with any information about any types of crime, not just drug related.
“This, coupled with our own intelligence gathering efforts, means that we can launch operations like this which show people that we are listening and are acting on what they say.
“One thing I would say is that if we have not acted straight away please do not think we have ignored you. Work to organise these types of operations can sometimes take months and be in the knowledge that if you have reported a crime or criminal activity to us, we will be looking into it.”
As the Mail went to press, the two men who were arrested in connection with the raid were still being questioned by police.
Anyone who would like to report a crime is urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.