Published: March 26, 2013
£50,000 of cannabis plants seized in drugs raids by Burnham Police

A series of search warrants have been carried out under the Misuse of Drugs Act in the Burnham-On-Sea and Wedmore area over the past two days.

The warrants form part of the district's on-going commitment to tackling drug crime and other associated crime and anti-social behaviour.

Based on information provided by local communities, officers carried out an investigation in to suspected cannabis production, which led to two search warrants being executed in Mark and Wedmore.

A 40-year-old man was arrested from an address in Mark and was charged with possession of cannabis. He is due to appear at Taunton Deane Magistrates Court in mid-April.

Officers conducted a second warrant at a farm in Ashton, near Wedmore. A large scale cannabis cultivation site was found in converted chicken shed.

Sgt Ian Kennett from Burnham Police Station told "My officers found the cultivation set up which had clearly been in operation for some time in the past. A small area was still in use, with approximately 50 plants growing in it."

A 57-year-old man voluntarily attended Burnham Police Station and is helping police with their enquiries. The plants were seized for forensic examination and the equipment was dismantled and seized.

Sgt Kennett added: "In the past week officers have executed three drugs warrants in the Burnham and Wedmore areas, which has prevented £50,000 of cannabis being sold in our communities."

"Our communities have let us know that drug crime is a priority. They work closely with us, providing intelligence and information to help us tackle this issue. There is nowhere for drug dealers to hide in Somerset West. Communities don't want it and neither do we."

"We will continue to systematically disrupt individuals dealing drugs in our area and ensure they are brought to justice. Please keep letting us know about any suspected crime in your neighbourhood."


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