MORE than 500 cannabis plants worth half a million pounds were seized from an address in East Northamptonshire yesterday (June 30) after a warrant was executed at a property.
The six-bedroom house in Denford Road, Ringstead, was packed with a total of 501 cannabis plants spread across the six bedrooms, dining room and living room.
The plants, thought to be worth £500,000, were seized by officers with the fans donated to Kettering General Hospital and the compost, bamboo canes, water butt and fertiliser donated to the local allotment society.
Hai Huy Tran, 48, of no fixed abode, has been charged with producing cannabis in connection with the discovery.
Neighbourhood Policing Sgt Leigh Françoise Goodwin said: “Firstly, I would like to thank the community which provided us with the vital local intelligence needed to secure and execute this warrant.
“A lot of people may think the production of cannabis and the selling of drugs is a victimless crime, but what people don’t realise is that the people at the top of the chain will often exploit vulnerable people and put them to work in these factories, using them to make money with no thought for their welfare.
“We will continue to be relentless in tackling the production of illegal drugs and I would urge the community to keep reporting suspicious activity to us.
“This case yesterday is a prime example of how you and your local police force can work together to tackle the issues affecting your local area.
“Finally my message to those who may think of setting up illegal drug factories in Northamptonshire is this – our direction from our Chief Constable at the moment is that proactive policing is key, and that clear direction is not going to change.
“We will continue to gather intelligence, the community will continue to tell us what they know, we will continue to execute warrants and though it wasn’t your door yesterday, it might be tomorrow.”