30kg of cannabis found inside empty Sheffield café

This is the huge haul of cannabis which was found stashed inside an empty café on one of Sheffield’s busiest streets.

Thursday, 5th August 2021, 6:15 pm

Police have issued a warning to commercial landlords to check their premises after officers discovered 30kg of prepared cannabis packaged and ready to go within the disused café on Ecclesall Road.

The drugs were seized after police investigated reports from a utility company about suspicious activity which workers witnessed while carrying out checks at the premises.

No-one was at the café when the drugs were unearthed, and police are still hunting those responsible.

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Cannabis found packed and ready to go at an empty café on Ecclesall Road in Sheffield

Temporary Detective Sergeant Gareth Webb, from South Yorkshire Police’s Operation Fortify team which targets organised and violent crime, said: “This is a significant seizure from an empty property in a really prominent and popular part of our city, forensic examination is underway to help us identify those responsible.

“Unfortunately, there are a lot of empty or disused commercial premises right across Sheffield right now, this number has increased post-pandemic and criminals are exploiting this.

“Our message to landlords and organisations responsible for any commercial or residential property is check today and keep an eye on who might have access.

Cannabis found packed and ready to go at an empty café on Ecclesall Road in Sheffield

“Take the time to check thoroughly, criminals are very clever at hiding their activity – even if something looks normal on first glance, check the entire property.”

In the last week alone, police said officers from Operation Fortify have executed warrants in Firth Park and Page Hall, recovering hundreds of cannabis plants and making numerous arrest.Officers have urged anyone with suspicions about drug supply to get in touch by calling 101.