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Cannabis plants discovered in house in Dover

Cannabis plants discovered in house in Dover
Almost 50 mature cannabis plants have been discovered in a house in Dover by officers carrying out a drugs warrant.

The warrant was executed at the mid-terraced house in Malmains Road at 7.45am on Monday 14 January 2019.

Two large grow tents filled with cannabis plants were discovered, one upstairs and one downstairs, along with extensive hydroponic equipment. There was also evidence that the electricity had been illegally abstracted.

Inspector Gordon Etheridge said: ‘This warrant was the latest action in our ongoing fight to disrupt people who are involved in the supply of illegal drugs in Dover.

‘The plants in one of the tents were ready for harvesting, but thanks to this successful warrant, they will never reach the streets.’

Enquiries are ongoing and officers are appealing for anyone with information about the cannabis factory, or has seen people visiting the house, to contact them.
Inspector Etheridge said: ‘We rely on the public and our partners to provide us with information about the supply of illegal drugs. This is a good example of where we have acted on such information, carried out our own research and gathered sufficient intelligence to carry out a successful search warrant at the address.’

Signs of a cannabis factory can include windows being permanently covered from the inside and visits to the address not matching normal residents’ patterns, that is people calling daily or weekly but only for short periods of time.

Often a pungent smell will emanate from the building. Sometimes this even seeps through walls to adjacent properties.

Other telltale signs can include compost bags and other gardening equipment in the garden or close to the back door without any clear indication of normal gardening, or vents protruding from the roof tiles.

Anyone with information about cannabis factories is urged to contact Kent Police on 101, Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or to speak to their local Police Community Support Officer.

Inspector Etheridge said: ‘If people have concerns we urge them to contact us. Every piece of information we receive can help build a picture of drug supply in their area. We will do our best to protect the public from harm and ensure an effective response to those who are most vulnerable in our communities.’

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