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Cambridgeshire crime team seize cannabis with street value of £100,000


By Adrian Curtis


Cambridgeshire’s rural action team have seized cannabis with a street value of £72.000, stolen vehicles and other items as part of Operation Raptor.

Cannabis haul by Cambridgeshire's Rural Action Team (8190580)
Cannabis haul by Cambridgeshire's Rural Action Team (8190580)

More than 80 cannabis plants were confiscated after officers from the team attended a site in Setchel Drove, Cottenham during a proactive patrol at 1.20pm on March 26.

They discovered the plants, in various stages of growth, together with a car, trailer, and various power tools, all suspected to have been stolen.

The plants would have had a street value of up to £72,000, if they were all to reach maturity.

No arrests have been made and an investigation has been launched.

Cannabis haul by Cambridgeshire's Rural Action Team (8190578)
Cannabis haul by Cambridgeshire's Rural Action Team (8190578)

RCAT sergeant Craig Flavell said: “This is yet another excellent example of proactive policing under the force’s Operation Raptor and helps reinforce that our officers can’t be everywhere, but they could be anywhere.

“We have had a very successful hare coursing season and now that is coming to an end, this work is just the start of what will be a very busy summer for the RCAT team.

“Our work has helped take drugs off the streets and recover stolen vehicles and power tools, often a big concern in rural communities across Cambridgeshire.”

However, one man was arrested after a cannabis factory was discovered in East Cambridgeshire.

Officers discovered the plants on the evening of March 26 at a house in High Street, Cheveley, after being called there on an unrelated matter.

More than 35 cannabis plants in various stages of growth, together with growing equipment, were seized.

The plants were estimated to have a street value of up to £30,000 if all were to reach maturity.

Cannabis haul by Cambridgeshire's Rural Action Team (8190576)
Cannabis haul by Cambridgeshire's Rural Action Team (8190576)

The 39-year-old man from Cheveley has been arrested on suspicion of producing cannabis and remains in custody at Parkside Police Station.

He was also arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after allegedly damaging a neighbour’s property.

Anyone who suspects illegal drug activity in their area should not hesitate to call police on 101.



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