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.