15:12 Monday 13 May 2013

Police use the public to crackdown on cannabis


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POLICE in South Derbyshire have swooped on a number of drug offenders in recent weeks thanks to the help of the public.

A campaign which called on people to report any suspicions of places where cannabis was being grown or used has so far delivered successful results.

The operation was part of a county-wide crackdown on the class B drug as the force used the public to help them locate cannabis hotspots.

The four-week Weed it Out campaign asked people to be on the lookout for signs of cannabis farms in their area, such as run-down properties where visitors appear regularly.

Thanks to a tip-off from a member of the public, officers raided a house in Springfield Road, Etwall, on April 30, where a number of cannabis plants were discovered.

A 46-year-old man was arrested while the plants and paraphernalia were seized.

Officers weren’t just restricted to land, also conducting a raid on a house boat in Willington’s Mercia Marina on the same day.

Although no plants were discovered on the boat a cannabis warning was given to a 22-year-old man for two drugs offences.

The crackdown comes as 23-year-old David Lear was jailed for 28 months after 81 cannabis plants were found at a house in Main Street, Newhall, following a raid in November last year.

Steve Holme, Derbyshire Police’s expert on drug production, said: “These farms not only make properties run-down and an eyesore, but they attract a great deal of other crime right to your doorstep.

“We wanted to show people the signs to look out for and to tell us if they saw any – and we had a fantastic response.

“Even though the four-week campaign has ended, we will still be working hard to cut cannabis farms and we still need the public’s help.”

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