Police bust drug factory in dawn raid in Sheffield

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One of the biggest cannabis factories ever found in Sheffield with 512 plants worth £300,000 has been smashed by police.

Officers discovered the drugs den on Sharrow Street, Sharrow, during a dawn raid on a mid-terrace property.

They found cannabis plants growing in every room of the three-bedroom house and arrested two men there.

The pair have been charged in connection with the cultivation of cannabis and both were remanded in custody.

A sophisticated hydroponics set-up and specialist lighting had also been rigged up in the house to speed up the growing.

Detective Inspector Bob Chapman, of South Yorkshire Police’s intelligence unit, warned cannabis growers that officers were targeting them.

He said: “This is just the latest large-scale seizure of skunk cannabis made in the city.

“The use of residential properties to cultivate cannabis is a significant problem around the country and in Sheffield we have a zero tolerance approach. When we receive information about such premises we act quickly to obtain search warrants, seize the crops and process the individuals involved.

“Let’s be clear – skunk cannabis is not harmless. It has a very serious impact on communities and the people responsible for its cultivation will be targeted relentlessly and dealt with accordingly.”

Sgt Murtaza Awan, of the police safer neighbourhood team responsible for Sharrow, said he was delighted with the drug bust, which followed concerns from local residents.

He said: “We found the cannabis set-up when we executed a search warrant and are grateful to members of the public for coming forward with their concerns.

“Sometimes people have suspicions and are not sure whether to ring but they should and we can do the work to corroborate what they suspect.”

Sgt Awan said the cannabis factory was one of the biggest found by his team and dismantling it had ‘seriously disrupted’ drug supply in the area.

n Anyone with information about drugs can call South Yorkshire Police on 0114 2202020 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.