Cannabis plants seized in raid on Longridge flat

Drugs bust: The plants seized by officers in Longridge

Drugs bust: The plants seized by officers in Longridge

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Police have seized and destroyed cannabis plants being grown inside a Longridge flat.

A 21-year-old Longridge man has been cautioned by police after 10 plants of the class ‘B’ drug were discovered by police at his home on Hodder Street, off Berry Lane.

Such drug cultivation issues are quite unusual for Longridge but there will be others and we will certainly act if people can provide us with more of this type of information

Police had been carrying out a “disruption visit” at the property, after following up intelligence.

They discovered the plants being grown with what a police officer described as “expert equipment” including a tent with lighting and fans to assist their growth, after the man “came clean”.

Longridge’s top policeman has described the seizure as a great example of intelligence led policing.

Ribble Valley Inspector Ian Cooper said: “This is a great example of intelligence led policing with positive action taken purely as a result of receiving information from a concerned member of the public.

“Such drug cultivation issues are quite unusual for Longridge but there will be others and we will certainly act if people can provide us with more of this type of information.”

He added: “All equipment and drugs have now been destroyed preventing drugs reaching the local community. A 21-year-old local man was interviewed and issued with a police caution.”

If anyone would like to contact the police they may call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

As a class ‘B’ drug, the maximum penalty for supplying or producing cannabis is 14 years imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.