Drugs Crackdown: Vulnerable people are used as cover

Raids: Cannabis plant found during a police crackdown week in Sheffield.
Raids: Cannabis plant found during a police crackdown week in Sheffield.
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POLICE say callous criminals are recruiting vulnerable people to use their homes for growing drugs - providing cover for their activities.

In one follow-up raid after searching premises in Arbourthorne, officers called at the home of one of the suspected drug growers’ grandmother in Intake, who was nearly 70.

Inside, they found evidence a room at her property had also been used for growing cannabis, with equipment and stalks remaining from plants which had been harvested. The woman was not arrested.

Detectives from Acting DCI Bob Chapman’s team say other vulnerable people such as alcoholics have been recruited so their premises can be used for producing drugs.

Drugs raids carried out over the last week have also helped detect other crimes.

Officers discovered a laptop stolen in a burglary at business premises, a car being driven with no insurance, and they also found an illegal immigrant from Jamaica who is now being deported.

One suspect has been entered for drug rehabilitation and a youth referred for help from the police’s gang team to help persuade suspected members out of trouble.