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Drugs seized in Alton police raid

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MORE than 100 cannabis plants have been seized by police during two raids on drugs farms in 48 hours.

One 18-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman were arrested at the property near Alton, while another man was arrested at an address in Werrington.

Yesterday’s raid was carried out after officers from Stafford found plants at a site in Meaford on Wednesday, with staff from Western Power joining the two raids to ensure the sites were safe for officers to enter.

The two drug finds are being linked and a total of 25 lamps were recovered from the Meaford farm.

Officials had to ensure the property was not booby-trapped – with farms sometimes wired up so anyone trying to open a door handle is electrocuted.

Speaking after the Alton raid, PC Dave Stubbs, neighbourhood officer for Cheadle, praised a ‘fast and fluid operation’.

“We were aware that another cannabis farm had been uncovered by officers from Stafford in the Meaford area, which matched up to intelligence we were already processing in this location,” he said.

“We arrested two people at the property. Staff from Western Power helped us secure the site and ensure the factory was not booby-trapped.

“We uncovered a significant quantity of cannabis plants, which will now be taken by our scene of crime officers.

“We’ve already executed 12 drug raids this year in the Cheadle area.”

A spokesman from Western Power confirmed the farm had been illegally connected to the national grid, and warned of the costs and dangers of such sites.

“The sizeable cannabis growth in Alton had been illegally connected to the mains. It was an unmetered supply and had been drawing quite a lot of electricity without anyone paying for it.

“We have yet to find the point where the illegal connection was made, but we are confident that it will be found soon, and the site has been secured in the meantime.

“We attend around 1,000 jobs a year relating to cannabis growing and it’s important we raise awareness about the impact of criminal behaviour in terms of public safety and the price it adds to household electricity bills.”

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