Warning to cannabis farmers in Sheffield after police discover £1.8 million drug den

A warning has been issued to cannabis farmers in Sheffield after the discovery of a £1.8 million drug den in a city suburb.

Wednesday, 11th November 2020, 9:59 am

Officers raided an industrial unit on Stoke Street, Attercliffe, on Monday morning and found over 1,000 plants and around £900,000 worth of harvested cannabis ready for the streets.

Three men were arrested and later charged with production of cannabis.

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Detective Superintendent Martin Tate, of South Yorkshire Police, said the raid involved organised crime and neighbourhood teams from the force working together.

He also warned that those involved in organised crime will be targeted.

“If you tell our officers of your concerns around drug dealing we will action them,” he said.

“Organised crime funds violence and it will be relentlessly targeted by us.”

Sheffield’s District Commander, Chief Superintendent Una Jennings said the seizure of a ‘humongous’ amount of street-ready cannabis was an example of the huge effort under way in Sheffield to tackle drugs and organised crime in the city.

“Drugs in all forms and guises are an issue in England and in our city,” she said.

“They are linked to organised crime and the exploitation of communities and vulnerable people, so I was delighted to see the cannabis haul this week – it was an absolutely humongous amount of street-ready cannabis.

“The seizure is testament to the proactive work we are carrying out involving our Operation Fortify teams across the city.”

She warned that those involved in organised crime should expect to feel ‘the full force of the law’.

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