of cannabis plants seized in drugs raids by Burnham Police
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
The warrants form part of the district's on-going commitment
to tackling drug crime and other associated crime and anti-social
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 Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"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
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
"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