Police in double swoop on cannabis factories

Sgt Simon Yates (left) and colleague at drugs raid in Ironlatch Avenue
Sgt Simon Yates (left) and colleague at drugs raid in Ironlatch Avenue

TWO cannabis factories have been discovered in the space of three days with more than £35,000 worth of the Class B drug seized.

Officers swooped on an address in Farley Bank at about 9.20am last Friday where they discovered mature cannabis plants growing in one of the bedrooms.

The estimated street value of the haul when harvested was put at £31,000.

Police arrested 29-year-old Nathan Collins at the house and he has been charged with producing cannabis. He was bailed to appear before Hastings Magistrates on Friday, June 3.

The raid in Ore came just two days after police found a smaller cannabis factory in a house in Ironlatch Avenue, St Leonards, after passers-by reported smelling the drug coming from the property.

Sgt Simon Yates and five fellow officers raided the address at about 11am on Wednesday and found cannabis plants with an estimated street value of about £6,000.

Extensive alterations to the plumbing and electrics had been made and police arrested two men who tried to flee the house. They have been bailed while the investigation continues.

Sgt Yates urged all landlords to check their properties regularly and get proper references for prospective tenants with the damage at the Ironlatch Avenue house running into thousands of pounds, and he paid tribute to the local community for providing invaluable tip-offs in the town’s fight against drugs.

Speaking after the second raid, he said: “The warrant went very well - we executed it at just the right time as the crop was due to be cut.

“This vital information was received anonymously through Crimestoppers and intelligence like this will always be developed and acted on wherever possible as drug dealing affects everyone in the local community.”

Anyone with information about drug dealing can call Hastings Police on 0845 6070999 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.