Avon and Somerset Constabulary have arrested two people after officers found a cannabis factory in Pilton.
Officers from Wells, assisted by officers from the Catch Team at Shepton Mallet and firearms units, attended an address in Pilton on 13/10 following intelligence from Crimestoppers about a suspected grow.
They found a cannabis factory concealed behind a false wall in a steel barn at the location. 30 large plants were seized in addition to a sophisticated hydroponics set-up and specialist equipment for the processing, drying and packaging of large scale cannabis.
As a result and a man and woman were arrested for being concerned in the production of drugs. Both have been released on bail pending further enquiries. A financial investigation has also begun.
PC Simon Robinson said ‘This is an excellent example of how information from the community leads to action and a result.
“Information submitted to the police regarding cultivation sites like this is imperative in enabling us to crackdown on organised crime groups benefitting from the proceeds of drug dealing. All information submitted will be treated anonymously and where possible will be acted on positively causing as much disruption to these individuals as possible.”
During a three-day operation in July, police arrested 67 people and executed 38 search warrants targeting drug dealing in Somerset and North Somerset. A large amount of the information that shaped the nine month investigation leading up to the operation came from the local community.
Similarly, an operation in Bristol in November 2015 was instigated largely by information that came directly from local residents. Over 70 people were arrested and have received prison sentences that combined, totaled over 200 years.
If you do have information about suspected crime in your area, you can send it to us via our websitewww.avonandsomerset.police.uk. Or you can call the 101 number. Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.