Dozen addresses targeted in fight against Coventry drug gangs
We’ve busted cannabis factories worth a combined £1.5 million and recovered weapons as we continue the fight against drugs and organised crime groups in Coventry.
Officers acted on intelligence and carried out raids at a dozen addresses around the city last week.
We seized almost 1,500 plants and dismantled dangerous hydroponic set-ups which would have led to many more being grown. We also recovered five knives including a homemade spear.
The drug dens are suspected of being used to fund organised crime gangs and this action forms part of our efforts to combat their illegal activities.
Neighbourhood officers carried out raids at properties in St George’s Road, Marlborough Road, Aldbourne Road, Windmill Road, Marlston Walk, Freeman Street and Winchester Street. This included several addresses in some streets.
We arrested and charged four foreign nationals aged between 21 and 42 - with cultivation of cannabis. They have been remanded as other immigration enquiries are completed.
However, further investigations are being carried out around those linked to the drug farms.
Chief Inspector Paul Southern, from Coventry Police, said: "This forms part of our ongoing efforts to dismantle drug dens which we believe are connected to wider crime groups.
"They are not only illegal, but dangerous, with the set ups to bypass electricity a real fire threat. A significant blaze could put the safety of others living nearby at risk.
"We often find people are trafficked and exploited to front these farms and we’re striving to break the chain by catching those at the heart of these criminal enterprises.
"We will take any information we receive from the public seriously and would urge anyone who believes a cannabis farm is operating near them to inform us."
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