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VIDEO - Drug dens uncovered in heart of Illogan

By bevcoumbe  |  Posted: October 16, 2013

PC Stuart Flowerday with the cannabis plants found at a flat in Illogan

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Two drug dens have been discovered by detectives during two separate raids in the heart of Illogan.

Ten officers, including CID from Camborne Police Station, targeted a flat on Robartes Terrace above the Co Op store, at 9am on Tuesday morning.

They found around 20 young cannabis plants of the stronger ‘skunk’ variety that when harvested has a street value of around £1,000.

Officers, acting on intelligence from the local community, then swooped on a second flat on Coronation Road to find cannabis plants worth several hundred pounds.

The illegal plants at the flat on Robarts Terrace were being grown inside two large hydroponic tents, more commonly used to grow vegetables, being stored in a living room and bedroom.

The cannabis plants were being nurtured using specialist UV lighting and an air conditioning system to carry away the plants’ smell, which may have alerted customers and staff using the ground floor store.

Sergeant Helen Coakley said: “We executed the warrant acting on information relating to drugs being grown at the property. There are around 20 plants, of the skunk variety, which is worth £10 a gram, so we’re looking at around £1,000 in street value.”

“We have no idea whether the plants have already been harvested or whether this is their first crop. It is a standard set-up, they are using UV lights to increase the plant yield and a funnel system to take away any smell; without it the plants would have been overpowering.”

PC Stuart Flowerday, who headed the investigation, said no one at the store was involved and that the flat was privately rented.

He said the raid on Coronation Road uncovered cannabis plants and herbal cannabis likely to be worth several hundred pounds.

“We were pleased with both raids as they were based on information from the community. It is local people working with the police combat drugs which does have an impact on the area.”

He said two men, believed to be tenants at both flats, were being questioned in connection with the production and cultivation of cannabis.

The cannabis was seized by CID officers be examined by its specialist drugs officer to quantify its yield and strength and street value.

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  • josdave  |  October 16 2013, 7:06PM

    I don't know why so much police time is spent on a drug which is less harmful than tobacco or alcohol both of which are legal.

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  • Free-Me  |  October 16 2013, 2:41PM

    Yawn! Legalise it! Free humanity. Free the planet. PC Stuart Flowerday, wake up! You're fighting an unjust, illogical, misinformed, backwards, terroising and inhumane war on a plant that (statistaically) you probably use... Please stop terrorising your own citizens, it's not what you signed up for now is it? Stop sending inocent gardeners to prison, free the plant and help humanity, along with our planet, to heal. If we were an intelligent species of Ape, we'd realise and utilise the massive benefits of a hemp based economy (lets save our planet shall we and stop bickering like children?) along with the nutritious benefits of a cannabis based diet (non-psychoactive as a salad and an Ultra Super Food that is a proven curative and preventaive) AND (despite those liers Cameron & May) the increadible medicinal, thereputic (lets help sick people shall we?) and recreational benefits (lets emancipate those in jail for victiless crimes (it's called justice) along with freeing adults to make an adult decision, shouldn't we?). Stop the nonsense of Prohibition and demand the truth from our deceitful government who take their electorate for fools. IMO, there are 2 options: Legalisation or mass civil disobediance as per the era of civil rights movements.

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  • PoetPeter  |  October 16 2013, 1:46PM

    In Britain, CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform is working to end the stupid and unwinnable war against cannabis and cannabis users. The £500 million we spend every year on cannabis law enforcement is causing far more harm to our communities than it prevents. Illegal cannabis farms destroy rented property, steal electricity, exploit human trafficked gardeners and blight communities with street dealing. There has been a massive increase in the last few years. 7,660 were discovered in 2010/11 and there is no sign of any slowing down. Cannabis prices have escalated to nearly £15 per gram. CLEAR has proposed a properly regulated system of production and supply which would minimise all these problems and create thousands of new jobs. We'd have no more dealers on the streets. Cannabis would be available to adults only through licensed outlets and we'd have some control over its content and who it is sold to. Doctors would be able to prescribe one of the most effective medicines that has no serious side effects at all. At the moment the government has given GW Pharmaceuticals an unlawful monopoly on cannabis so they export Sativex all over the world at a vastly inflated price when anyone can grow the equivalent at home for pennies. A legally regulated system would solve nearly all the problems around cannabis. Science proves how much safer it is than tobacco, alcohol, all prescription and OTC medicines. More than that, experts now recognise that for most adults, in moderation, cannabis is actually good for you. It acts as a supplement to the endocannabinoid system and helps to protect against autoimmune conditions such as diabetes and cancer. It is also neuroprotective and helpful in the treatment of neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. CLEAR published independent, expert research in 2011 which shows that a tax and regulate policy on cannabis would produce a net gain to the UK economy of up to £9.3 billion per annum.

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