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Officers discover cannabis factory in Herne Bay

More than 220 mature cannabis plants have been found growing in a house in Herne Bay.

The cannabis factory was discovered by two police officers on patrol in the town on Saturday 9 February 2019 after a member of the public told them he had noticed the distinctive smell of cannabis plants coming from a house in The Broadway.

PCs Paul Dormer and Taylor Johanson went to investigate and found the plants growing in five grow tents inside the detached house.

The two officers discovered extensive growing equipment throughout the house and a large number of seeds that were ready to germinate in a bathroom. There was also evidence that electricity had been abstracted illegally.

PC Dormer, who has been a patrol officer in Herne Bay for 17 years, said: ‘I’m such a familiar face in the town that people often come up and talk to me knowing that I will act upon it.

‘Thanks to this particular member of the public we have been able to prevent a large amount of cannabis potentially being sold on the streets of Herne Bay.’

Crime scene investigators carried out forensic examinations at the house before the factory was dismantled by officers.

Enquiries are now ongoing to establish who was running the cannabis factory and officers are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry.

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.

PC Dormer said: ‘Sometimes – as in this case - a pungent smell will emanate from the building. Occasionally this even seeps through walls to adjacent properties.

‘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 can also give away the location of a cannabis grow,’ he added.

Anyone with information about the cannabis factory in The Broadway is asked to phone Kent Police on 01843 222289 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting reference number 46/26716/19.

If you have information about illegal drug supply in your neighbourhood, contact Kent Police on 101 or speak to your local police community support officer.

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