Cannabis Factories Dismantled In Latest Crackdown

  • More than 90 cannabis plants have been seized as part of the latest crackdown on cannabis factories in Bedfordshire. As a result of a warrant carried out at an address in Sharnbrook, more than 100 suspected cannabis plants were seized.

On Wednesday 13th January, enforcement was carried out at a suspected cannabis factory in Thurleigh Road, Bolnhurst, where three men were arrested and cannabis was seized. Subsequently, three men have been charged with cultivating drug offences and remanded in custody. A barn was used close to a nearby farm for this criminal activity. UK Power Network raised the concern after a loss of power - electric in the area that also affected other homes/barns nearby.

The Rural Crime Team are reminding our rural communities to report any suspicious activity around disused Farms/barns and Industrial units. As a force we will continue to target those responsible for this type of criminality. We also rely on our communities supporting us in the fight against organised crime, by submitting information and flagging any suspicious behaviour.

There are some key signs that a property is being used to cultivate drugs:
•A powerful distinctive sweet, sickly aroma
•Frequent visitors throughout the day and night
•Blacked out windows
•Chinks of bright light throughout the night
•Birds gathering on the roof, particularly in cold weather
•In winter, snow melting unusually quickly on the roof
•High levels of condensation on windows
•Noise from fans
•Large amounts of rubbish, including compost bags
•Electricity meter being tampered with/altered and new cabling, sometimes leading to street lighting.

If you suspect that a property in your neighbourhood is used to grow cannabis you can report your concerns by visiting the force’s online reporting centre via www.bedfordshire.police.uk/or by calling 101.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.