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

Posted on - 23rd May, 2012 - 9:02am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston 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.


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

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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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