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CANNABIS ARREST IN FLEET
Police announced the arrests of three people today after a cannabis factory was uncovered in Stockbridge Drive, Aldershot. Those arrested in connection with the discovery were were a 34 year old man from Aldershot and a 22 year old woman from Farnborough, both being under suspicion of “being concerned in the production of a Class B drug”. Around 60 plants, cash and other substances were seized from the property.
Police also searched an address in Fleet Road, Fleet, where a 31 year old man ws arrested on suspicion of possessing cannabis with intent to supply. Although he was initially released under investigation, he has since been recalled to prison for an unrelated offence.
Hampshire police stated:
“We know that a lot people will think it’s just a bit of cannabis – but we want to stress that any production of drugs is linked to hidden harm. Large scale operations like this are often run by organised crime gangs. Those gangs are likely to engage in very serious violence involving weapons, such as firearms. They may also take advantage of vulnerable people, exploiting them or making them work in servitude.
The electrical requirement to grow this many plants is also really dangerous and can be a huge fire risk, putting neighbouring properties, and lives in danger.
It is not just a bit of cannabis, it’s linked to serious criminality. That’s why we are really keen to hear from people who suspect there is cannabis cultivation or drug related activity going on their neighbourhood.
Every call you make to us is logged and helps us build up an intelligence picture about what might be happening in your community. This allows us to take action and prevent your neighbourhoods from harm.
If you can help, you can call 101 or go to www.hampshire.police.uk and report online.
You can also ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
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