Biggest-ever Hertfordshire cannabis factory discovered in Letchworth

PUBLISHED: 18:26 19 April 2018 | UPDATED: 18:26 19 April 2018

The largest ever cannabis factory in Hertfordshire, discovered in a Letchworth industrial unit. Picture: Herts police

The largest ever cannabis factory in Hertfordshire, discovered in a Letchworth industrial unit. Picture: Herts police

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A cannabis factory discovered in a Letchworth industrial unit with a potential annual crop worth £1.5 million is the biggest ever in Hertfordshire, police said today.

The largest ever cannabis factory in Hertfordshire, discovered in a Letchworth industrial unit. Picture: Herts police The largest ever cannabis factory in Hertfordshire, discovered in a Letchworth industrial unit. Picture: Herts police

The factory, found in a unit on the Woodside Industrial Park off Works Road, was discovered after specialist officers from the Operation Support Group acted on intelligence from members of the public.

During the 24-hour operation, more than 1,300 plants were recovered from seven growing rooms which had been concealed behind false walls alongside a living area and drying room. They have since been destroyed.

Sgt Richard Balderstone from the Operational Support Group, which is based at Hertford, said: “This is a great result and an excellent example of just how key the public are in helping us to tackle drug crime in the county.

“My team and I find it very satisfying to know we have prevented such a large amount of drugs from being sold on the streets.”

The largest ever cannabis factory in Hertfordshire, discovered in a Letchworth industrial unit. Picture: Herts police The largest ever cannabis factory in Hertfordshire, discovered in a Letchworth industrial unit. Picture: Herts police

Two people were today set to appear before Stevenage magistrates, charged with being concerned in the production of a controlled drug – 20-year-old Ba-van Nguyen, of no fixed address, and a 16-year-old boy who cannot be identified for legal reasons.

Police said signs of cannabis being grown in your community can include a strong and sickly-sweet smell, lighting and ventilation equipment being taken indoors, windows always being covered or blocked off, people coming and going at all hours, strong and constant lighting at all hours, high levels of condensation, a constant buzz of ventilation equipment, and a property having lots of power cables around it.

Anyone with information of the supply of drugs should contact police on 101 or herts.police.uk/report, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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