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Police uncover £15,000 of cannabis plants in Ribbleton drugs raids

Posted on - 23rd May, 2012 - 9:02am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, News
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Cannabis plants recovered in a Ribbleton home

A crackdown on cannabis growers in the city has led to the arrest of a middle-aged couple and prevented thousands of pounds of drugs from reaching the streets.

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Police raided two properties, the first at in Ribbleton on Cowley Road and recovered 20 cannabis plants worth £7,500.

A 40 year old man and 41 year old woman, both from the Ribbleton area, were arrested and have now been bailed.

A second house in Ribbleton, on Whernside Crescent, was raided and police recovered a futher 22 cannabis plants as well as a supply of Class A drugs. The cannabis plants were estimated to be worth a futher £7,500.

Police are appealing for information to trace the occupiers of the property.

The raids form part of Operation Mercury, a crackdown by Lancashire Police on drug dealers in the city.

nspector Gareth Willis, of Operation Mercury, said: “Though crime continues to fall in Lancashire we still consider organised drug criminality as major priority and something which repeatedly has to be tackled.

“Operation Mercury is an intelligence-led operation which targets drug crime across the City with the message ‘no-one is untouchable’.

“Our work does not end simply with an arrest or charge – we want to build continued relationships with communities blighted by organised and drug related crime to keep the streets of Preston safe in the long-run.”

Anyone with information about drugs in Preston should call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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