08:00 Wednesday 01 January 2014

Police smash £20k Burton drugs farm

Written byMARK MCKAY

31/12/13 Drugs RaidDrugs raid on a property on Derby St in Burton 31/12/13 Drugs RaidDrugs raid on a property on Derby St in Burton

A PROFESSIONAL cannabis-growing set up in Burton worth £20,000 has been smashed in a late-night police blitz.

Officers with the East Staffordshire Local Policing Team found 176 plants of the class-B drug being grown in the Derby Street home.

Plants in different stages of growth were discovered in almost every room of the terraced house.

Officers executed the search warrant late on Monday evening after a tip-off from a concerned member of the public.

Burton’s top cop Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey told the Mail his force would not relent in their pursuit of those who deal drugs in the town.

He said: “This certainly was a professional operation.

“If it had lain undiscovered it would have harvested a considerable amount of cannabis to be sold the streets of Burton.”

Monday’s crackdown is the latest in a long line of raids on suspected drug dens in the town which fall under the umbrella of Operation Nemesis.

The operation is the Staffordshire Police-led blitz on the narcotics trade in the county in which more than 40 suspected drug dealers have been arrested.

Chief Insp Maskrey said the drugs and equipment seized have now been destroyed.

He said: “As can be seen, we are continuing to clamp down on those who want to become involved in the drugs trade.

“We are grateful when members of the community pass information to us. Any information is always taken seriously and thorough investigations are carried out, as in this case.

Chief Insp Maskery added that anyone with information on those involved in the drugs trade should get in touch with the police by calling 101.

Alternatively they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

No arrests had been made when the Mail went to press.

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