Public tip-off leads to cannabis plants worth £400,000 seized in Bolton police raids

By Sophie Arnold

Cannabis plants thought to produce £400,000 worth of drugs a year were seized in a police raid in Bolton yesterday – thanks to information from members of the public.

More than 200 plants were found in various stages of growth at a house in Woodfield Street, Great Lever, and have been destroyed.

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis and remains in police custody for questioning.

Detective Sergeant Pete Astbury from Bolton Central Integrated Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Today’s success is a result of information received from members of the public.

“It is a significant seizure of cannabis and we are grateful for the cooperation of residents.”

The plants had an estimated yield of £100,000 worth of cannabis every three months, meaning a yearly turnover of £400,000.

DS Astbury added: “This type of cannabis farm is operated by organised crime groups who are determined to make considerable amounts of money by whatever means they can.

“The seizure of such an amount of cannabis will have a significant financial impact for them, as well as taking a substantial amount of cannabis off the streets of Bolton.”

Anyone who has any information regarding drugs or other criminal activity should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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