Police discover over 5,000 cannabis plants in Waddon warehouse raid
Police discovered a large cannabis factory containing more than 5,000 cannabis plants when they raided a warehouse yesterday.
Officers carried out the raid at the warehouse in Mill Lane, Waddon, after being told cannabis was being produced there.
Thirty officers executed the search warrant yesterday afternoon and seized more than 5,000 cannabis plants inside, along with thousands of pounds worth of hydroponics, ventilation and heating equipment.
The drug haul is thought to be worth somewhere in the region of £2.5m, with each plant estimated to be worth about £500 if harvested and sold.
Three men, aged 23, 40 and 42 years-old were arrested at the scene on suspicion of the production of cannabis and currently remain in custody at a south London police station.
Sergeant Jerry King from Croydon's Central Neighbourhood Policing Team said: "It appears that the electricity supply was rewired from the street and the amount of equipment inside suggests this was a very large operation.
"It is vitally important that people contact us if they suspect the presence of drugs in their neighbourhood, as we can and will take action".
"As well as all the plants and equipment, we found various nutrients and chemicals inside the warehouse.
"With this mix of heating and electrical equipment and re-routed mains electricity supply, there is a very real danger that a fire will occur and cause serious harm to people nearby as well as other property and buildings".
Anyone with information about the presence of drugs in their neighbourhood can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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