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A 26-year-old man has been arrested, although as of Friday morning, police had not announced what, if any, charges are being contemplated.
The same street was the target of another raid this past February. Police shut down a cannabis factory featuring 198 cannabis plants said to be worth about £80,000 ($135,200), reports the Northampton Chronicle & Echo.
And reported just a hundred or so metres away, the jig was up last June for a marijuana grow-op that had taken root in the former Nationwide building, NorthantsLive reported at the time. A police raid revealed approximately 190 plants estimated to be worth as much as £10,000 ($16,900).
Police in Northampton have come down hard on illegal cannabis cultivation — big and small; personal and more organized — in recent months, with the police making it crystal clear that they welcome tips from neighbours to bust the illegal operations.
Local police reported in mid-July that they had seized more than £1 million ($1.7 million) worth of cannabis from various locations over the previous two months.
In one incident on the morning of July 8, police officers acting on a tip from the public carried out a warrant and found 300-plus marijuana plants estimated to have a value of £128,000 ($216,320). One man was arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis.
“Community intelligence is extremely important to us,” emphasized Rodney Williams, neighbourhood policing sergeant with the Northampton Police.
Earlier this year, Northamptonshire police encouraged community members and landlords to be on the lookout for signs of a cannabis factory. The statement points to possible signs such as curtains and windows that are closed and drawn, even in hot weather; light coming from roof spaces or leaking through the building in odd places; cables running to and from nearby lampposts; and garbage bags full of garden-related waste.
Beyond the recent raid on Euston Rd., over the last few months, the Northamptonshire Police has issued news releases about a cannabis factory found hidden in a woodland shack in November, the discovery of a grow-op in a woodland in October, the arrests of several men in connection with two weed busts in July, finding a cannabis factory while investigating a robbery and the dismantling of a marijuana farm in late June.
Written by Angela Stelmakowich.
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