10K cash seized after drugs farm busted

Officers have arrested two men after drugs warrants were executed in the Staffordshire Moorlands and Stoke-on-Trent.

The warrants were carried out simultaneously in High Street, Cheadle, and Creswell Road, Hanley, at around 7.30pm on Friday 10 January.

A cannabis factory of around 60 large plants and a ‘cannabis nursery’ containing approximately 208 smaller plants was discovered at the address in Cheadle.

Officers were accompanied on the operation by colleagues from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) who seized a vehicle from the premises due to it being run on red diesel.

A large amount of cash (in excess of £10,000) was seized from the address in Hanley as it is suspected to have been obtained through the proceeds of crime.

HMRC officers also seized a large quantity of red diesel at this address.

Two men from Hanley, aged 38 and 39, were arrested at the Cheadle address on suspicion of being concerned in the cultivation and supply of cannabis and also for abstracting electricity. They were released on bail, pending further inquiries, to a date in March.

PC Dave Stubbs, investigating officer, said: “These warrants formed part of the force’s on-going Operation Nemesis campaign which aims to crackdown on drug dealers. Officers based at Cheadle were supported by officers from the Special Constabulary, colleagues from the Dog Support Unit and Tactical Support Team on the night.

“This action has been taken as a direct result of information received from the local community and our partner agencies. Our message to drug dealers and criminals is simple – we are not going away and will continue working with partners to rid communities of the scourge of drug dealing and the negative affect it has on neighbourhoods and families.

“Cheadle is one of the safest areas in the country to live and my colleagues and I are determined to ensure it stays that way. The local community has been telling us that they want us to take robust and positive action against those who are involved in the production and supply of drugs and the anti-social behaviour and the other criminality it attracts.”