Huge cannabis operation uncovered in Wrexham

Reporter:

Claire Gallagher


DRUGS with a street value of many thousands of pounds have been discovered in raids by police in Wrexham.

On Wednesday officers searched a house in Newbridge near  Wrexham, where a large quantity of cannabis under cultivation was found.

Later that day police say they swooped on a terraced house in Edward Street, Wrexham, where they found between 300 and 500 cannabis plants.

Police have hailed the raids as a success in combating drugs in the area.
A Vietnamese man was arrested inside the property at Newbridge and was interviewed by police yesterday.

Two people were arrested in connection with the discovery in Edward Street and were also questioned.

A police officer at Edward Street told the Leader: “It is a large cannabis factory with between three and five hundred plants. There was a substantial amount of cannabis plants in the front room and two upstairs bedrooms.

“There was also all the hydroponics, the lights and reflectives used to grow it.

“It’s one of a number of factories found in Wrexham and is all part of an ongoing operation. It’s good police work.”

It is understood a similar number of plants were found at the Cefn Mawr site.

A resident on Edward Street said: “My wife heard shouting and we thought there was a fight outside. It was a shock to see loads of police cars blocking the road.

“People were running about and police were shouting ‘stay down.”

Police tape surrounded the property in Newbridge and police officers were on guard outside.

Last week Insp Alex Goss’s team in the town carried out 15 search warrants for drugs and stolen property, while four drug-related warrants were executed in the Rhos area.

"The raids took place following intelligence received from the public.

Chief Sup Ruth Purdie, divisional commander, said: “We appeal to the public to give us information, and they have my assurance that we will act upon it effectively.”

North Wales Police can be contacted by calling 101 (calls in Wales) or 0845 607 1002. Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
 

 

Crime crackdown:

  • A TOTAL of 39 addresses have been searched by police across Wrexham and Flintshire in the past week as part of a crackdown on drug dealers, burglars and motoring offenders.
  • The raids across North Wales Police’s eastern division recovered drugs, stolen property, weapons and cash. A number of arrests were made.
  • The automatic number plate recognition system checked more than 2,000 vehicles and more than 60 were stopped.
  • Motoring offences uncovered included dangerous leaking fuel tanks on lorries and uninsured cars.
  • At the same time, anti-social behaviour patrols stopped juveniles, seized alcohol and gathered information which police say will be followed up.
  • Supt Neill Anderson said: ”While Wrexham and Flintshire are among the safest places to live and work, the message we want to get across is that if people are intent on engaging in drug crime, burglary, dealing in stolen goods, driving unfit vehicles or driving without insurance, there will be no place to hide.”

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