Raids smash Sheffield drugs factories

Smashed: Police use a battering ram to break their way into another drugs factory.'                        Picture: DEAN ATKINS.
Smashed: Police use a battering ram to break their way into another drugs factory.' Picture: DEAN ATKINS.
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HOMES and businesses were raided across Sheffield by police as part of an ongoing city crackdown on criminals who grow cannabis.

Fifteen people were arrested, and drugs with a street value of almost £53,000 were seized, as part of a week-long series of dawn raids .

A haul of 120 cannabis plants was recovered and will be destroyed.

The tough police stance follows a pledge by Sheffield’s most senior judge to send to prison anyone found guilty of growing cannabis - a substance he described as being a ‘dangerous’ drug.

Acting Detective Chief Inspector Bob Chapman, whose team led the operation, agreed and said: “We are delighted with the stance of the judiciary on this issue.

“Cannabis is not a harmless drug - it is extremely detrimental to people’s lives. The strength of some of the skunk cannabis on sale is, in my opinion, of a strength comparable to Class A rather than Class B drugs.”

Acting DCI Chapman promised further raids will be carried out at addresses wherever intelligence suggests cannabis is being grown.