Officers from the Met’s Territorial Support Group (TSG) have removed one million pounds worth of class B drugs from London’s streets, which is one of the biggest hauls this year.
The specially trained public order officers were called to an address on North Circular Road, NW2 on Tuesday, 17 November after members of the public called the police after becoming concerned about the unusual activity at the address.
Officers using specialist equipment to gain rapid entry into the address and immediately noticed that the stairs to a top floor had been barricaded. Officers at the scene requested the assistance of a specialist search dog owing to the topography of the property.
Once the officers managed to breach the barricade, they found a large amount of cannabis being grown at the address. It has been estimated that the plants are worth around £1M.
Chief Inspector Grace Blake-Turner, from the Met’s Taskforce, said:
“These plants were evidentially being grown with the sole intention to be sold for a vast amount of profit.
“I’d like to thank the members of public who alerted us to this address. Because they voiced their concerns to police, over one million pounds worth of class B drugs are now off the streets.”
North West BCU Commander Louis Smith, said:
“Growing and selling cannabis funds career criminals who cause misery to others and commit acts of extreme violence.
“People are killed in producing cannabis in this way.
“These criminals also often prey upon the extremely vulnerable, for example, by forcing them to manage cannabis farms.
“My thanks to the member of the public and to the Taskforce officers for taking this particular risk off the streets.”
An investigation is now underway to find those involved in the growing and selling of these drugs.
Got a story, blog or video? Please email our team, in complete confidence, at firstname.lastname@example.org. CLICK HERE to follow us on Twitter for more news, blogs and videos.