Drugs factory raided by police in Bamber Bridge

Cannabis found at an industrial unit in Bamber Bridge on June 17
Cannabis found at an industrial unit in Bamber Bridge on June 17
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A cannabis factory containing drugs worth more than £150,000 has been smashed by police.

Following a tip-off from suspicious members of the public, officers raided a unit at the Old Mill Industrial Estate in School Street, Bamber Bridge on Wednesday morning.

They found an industrial sized cannabis set-up, with more than 100 plants and three vacuum packs of cropped cannabis.

Police also believe they have caught two key members of the local drug supply world.

PS Michael Sampson of Bamber Bridge Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “This was a large scale set up and we discovered a vast quantity of plants along with sealed bags clearly ready for distribution.

“We believe that the value of the whole find is in excess of £150,000 and those individuals involved could be very influential in the drug supply world.

“It was thanks to members of the community that we were able to find this illegal set up and seize the plants, taking them out of the hands of criminals.

“Cannabis can have lasting physical and mental health effects on users as well as having a negative effect on our communities and fuelling other crime and we are determined to tackle that.

“We need the public to continue to work with us to help us tackle drug crime by informing us of any suspicious activity. If you have any concerns in your area, do not hesitate to get in touch with officers on 101 or by contacting your local neighbourhood team.”

A 62 year old man from Chorley and a 44 year old man from Formby were arrested at the scene on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of cannabis and have both been bailed until July 15 pending further enquiries.