Drugs raid uncovers £50k of cannabis in Blackpool

Police seized 119 cannabis plants from a property on High Street.
Police seized 119 cannabis plants from a property on High Street.
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More than 100 cannabis plants with a total value of around £50,000 were found by police during a drugs raid in Blackpool.

Officers have praised “vital” tip-offs from members of the public following the latest haul, on High Street, on Tuesday morning.

Police executed a warrant at the property, where they seized 119 cannabis plants along with other related equipment, but made no arrests.

It it the second such haul of the class B drug discovered in the Claremont area in the last two weeks.

An investigation is underway as police try to find the people responsible for the cannabis farm.

PC Matt Hornby, of Blackpool Police, said: “When the community sees the door going in and us coming out with cannabis plants and equipment, it sends a positive message.

“Hopefully that will make people think about reporting things they have seen.

“This was the result of bits of intelligence coming in that we were able to piece together to get enough to take some positive action.

“There was nobody arrested, however there are some lines of inquiry that I am following up.”

The raid was carried out by the Blackpool North neighbourhood policing team, which has urged residents to report any suspicions of drug-related activity.

A post on the team’s Facebook page said: “This is the second cannabis cultivation discovered on the ward within two weeks. The warrant was carried out after receiving some vital community intelligence.

“Please keep the intelligence coming – we couldn’t do it without you.”

Earlier this month, 84 cannabis plants were seized from a property in Claremont after police were tipped off about a van spotted delivering hydroponics equipment. On that occasion, a woman in her 20s was arrested and later released on police bail.

According to official figures, drug-related crime in Blackpool fell by 20 per cent in the 12 months up to June. During that time, there were 485 incidents recorded by police in the resort.

But police are urging anyone with information about drugs in the community to report it. Call 101 with information.