Man arrested and cannabis factory shut down
11 September 2012
Police forced entry to a large detached property in South Drive, Cheam, on Tuesday 11th September and discovered a sophisticated cannabis factory - with plants at different stages of maturity being grown in three bedrooms.
Officers were ready at the front and rear of the property, as entry was gained through the double garage door. A door from the garage leading into the property was then forced open.
"This was a good result which has led to a man being arrested"
A man in his 20s was found inside and arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis. He was taken to a South London police station.
The property was being let to a tenant.
Insp Richard Hall, of Sutton Police Station, said: “This was a good result which has led to a man being arrested and a significant haul of drugs being seized. This was a sophisticated cannabis factory which we are shutting down.”
The raid was part of Operation Hawk, an MPS wide initiative to tackle local criminals involving local officers acting swiftly to information received from local communities. The new emphasis of Operation Hawk is tackling street level, drug related crimes.
Police advise landlords to make regular checks on their properties and are encouraging residents to get in touch if they have information about any suspicious behaviour in their street that could help police.