Cannabis factory discovered following police raid in village

HUNDREDS of cannabis plants were discovered in a village during a police raid yesterday morning (Thursday).

Police stormed an address in Pegsdon Way, Pegsdon, at 8.20am where they found more than 450 plants and specialised equipment including hydroponics and lighting equipment, used to grow the Class B drug.

A man and a woman, both from Vietnam, who were occupying the house have been arrested and are currently being held in custody.

The raid was a joint operation between Bedfordshire Police’s divisional tasking unit and Ampthill Safer Neighbourhood Team, following a tip off from the public.

Inspector Lisa Johnson said: “This is a good result for Bedfordshire Police and shows the important part the public play in cracking down on those people who supply illegal drugs in our towns and I would like to thank them for their help.”

Another smaller cannabis factory containing six plants was discovered this morning (Friday) in River View, Shefford, and a man has now been arrested.

Insp Johnson added: “These cannabis factories can look completely normal from the outside and we urge residents to contact us if they see anything unusual in their neighbourhoods and suspect illegal drug activity.

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“This information allows us to continue the fight against illegal drugs and the knock on problems this type of crime causes.”

If you have information relating to illegal drug activity call Bedfordshire Police on 01582 394126, text information to 07786 200011 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.