A massive haul of cannabis worth £100,000 and destined for the streets of Blackpool has been seized following two police raids in the resort.
A large-scale operation was foiled when officers swooped on Friday and discovered drugs that had been harvested and were ready to hit the streets.
Police announced the haul on Friday on Facebook, but have only confirmed the value of the drugs seized yesterday.
A major investigation is now underway after officers, acting on a tip-off, searched an empty warehouse off Highfield Road, South Shore, where they found a large-scale cannabis factory.
They then raided a home on William Street, in Layton, and recovered more of the class B substance.
PC Gareth Evans, based at South Shore police station, said he and his colleagues were stunned when they realised the scale of the operation they had uncovered.
He added: “Cannabis is quite prevalent at the moment, and we are extremely pleased with these results.
“I would suggest this cannabis was probably destined for the streets of Blackpool and possibly around the county, given the amount we found.
“I don’t know how far this can go, but this is going to be a long investigation.”
Inside the properties, police found rows of cannabis plants lined up under heated lamps.
PC Evans said: “On Friday, we discovered a cannabis factory in an empty warehouse off Highfield Road.
“From that, another cannabis factory has been found, as well as a huge amount of cannabis bush that was ready to hit the streets, at a house on William Street.
“A conservative figure for everything we found is around £100,000 of cannabis.
“Myself and a colleague are now just trying to get to the bottom of this. We are just at the beginning of the investigation.”
Anyone caught in possession of cannabis could be hit with a prison sentence of up to five years, while supplying the drug is punishable by a maximum 14-year jail term and a unlimited fine.
Following the police raids on Friday, two men have been arrested and bailed pending further inquiries.
PC Evans said: “One male in his late 20s and a male in his 50s were arrested and later released on police bail.”
Police have been busy dealing with cannabis growers on the Fylde coast in recent months. Two people were jailed for a total of 12 years in February for their part in a £350,000 drugs enterprise in Blackpool.
Officers seized 240 cannbis plants from a Poulton home in March, while in May a man was jailed after £35,000 of plants were found in a St Annes home. Three youths are due in court this month after 300 plants were seized in Fleetwood in June.