as cannabis plants are seized by Burnham Police
Police made a number of arrests and seized 30 cannabis plants
during a major drugs crackdown at the weekend.
The latest round of the police force's Operation Relentless is
running across the force area to target and disrupt the organised
cultivation of cannabis.
On Friday, Burnham police executed a drugs warrant at a property
A 16-year-old boy was arrested for production of cannabis after
officers found 30 plants and associated equipment, which were
seized. A 17-year-old boy was also arrested for possession with
intent to supply cannabis after officers found approximately £1,000
of cannabis, bags, cash and scales.
Three further cannabis warnings and an arrest for possession
of cannabis were made in the Burnham-On-Sea area later in the
Officers also conducted pro-active patrols and licensing checks
at bars and pubs in the Burnham area.
Across Somerset, officers executed 11 warrants and seized 900
plants with an estimated street value of £857,500. 15 individuals
have been arrested on suspicion of possession and supply offences.
Drugs Strategy Manager Paul Bunt said: "This is a great
start to our latest campaign. We will be carrying out many more
warrants over the coming months to clamp down on cannabis cultivation
"This operation should send out a clear message that illegal
drugs of any kind will not be tolerated and we will continue to
bring offenders to justice. The cultivation of cannabis has become
a highly profitable illegal business. It also brings with it many
potential harms to our communities."
"I would urge anyone with any information about cannabis
use or production in their area to get in touch with us on 101
or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."