Three arrested after cannabis factory is discovered in Ely

October 16, 2012 5 Comments »

One of the plants found by the PCSOs in Ely.

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of producing cannabis at a house in Ely after two police officers discovered a factory while walking their beat.

South Wales Police said police community support officers Will Evans and Rachel Lee were on foot patrol in the Mill Road area of Ely on Saturday when they smelt something suspicious.

They followed the scent to a property in Cowbridge Road West, into a communal hallway and to a flat where the smell seemed to be coming from.

At around 3.30pm, they found a number of mature cannabis plants and a box of cannabis bush in the bedroom and attic.

Three men – two aged 29 and one aged 34 – from Rumney, St Mellons and Trowbridge were arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and officers dismantled and removed all the equipment that was found, along with the cannabis.

Sergeant Jayne Hill from Ely Police Station said: “We will always take positive action where there is information to suggest drugs are being used, cultivated or supplied here in Ely.

“Cannabis factories are not only illegal they also can also pose a fire risk to neighbouring properties.

“Our PCSOs are constantly on patrol in the community where they can play a vital role in keeping people safe while also tackling anti-social behaviour and crime.”

Anyone with information about the use, supply or cultivation of cannabis should contact South Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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  1. Erice October 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    There is no such thing as a cannabis 'factory'.

    The term is one coined by a sensationalist, biased mainstream media who tow the state line on the prohibition of cannabis. Don't be fooled by words – If one were to grow 30 tomato plants would anyone call it a "tomato factory"? No. Selective language is being used to manipulate beliefs – Wise up and don't fool for it.

    Legalise – stop making criminals out of innocent people – cut the funding to criminal gangs – embrace both medicinal and theraputic qualities of the plant – Legalise

  2. Joel October 16, 2012 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    We have what I like to refer to as the 'U' scale. At one top end of the scale we have the Prohibitionists, and Politicians and Legal Agencies that benefit from the current Prohibition of drugs. This can be ascertained by the sheer amount of money invested into keeping Prohibition enforced, most of which is taken from the tax payers, globally.

    At the other end of the 'U' scale are the major drug players. Because of the way gro-ops and harder drugs are operated, these players at the top end rarely face reprisal, and if they do, there are plenty of loop holes in the law that allows them to walk free, as primarily, they do not handle the drugs, just the enforcements of their business. Remember, the only law in the black market is the law of violence.

    All along the rest, sinking to the bottom, on either end, legality or criminality, is everyone else. Though subjectively the base of the 'U' is far heavier than a simple letter of the alphabet can describe.

    The only way to end this war, and to destroy the U scale theory, is to throw out the book and end the prohibition. If drugs were illegal because they were bad, then the governments of the world would NOT be enforcing a monopoly of 'legal' drugs for tobacco, alcohol and big pharma industries.

    Joel Dalais
    CLEAR Media Team
    CLEAR – Cannabis Law Reform

  3. Peter Reynolds October 16, 2012 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    We need to stop this stupid and unwinnable war against cannabis. It is causing far more harm to our communities than it prevents. If we had a properly regulated system of production and supply we'd have no more illegal cannabis farms, instead we'd have thousands of new jobs. We'd have no more dealers on the streets. Cannabis would be available to adults only through licensed outlets and we'd have some control over the THC and CBD content.

    Doctors would be able to prescribe one of the most effective medicines that has no serious side effects at all. At the moment the government has given GW Pharmaceuticals an illegal monopoly on cannabis so they make millions out of a medicine that you can grow in your greenhouse for virtually nothing.

    If we introduced a legally regulated system we would solve nearly all the problems around cannabis. Science proves how much safer it is than tobacco, alcohol, prescription medicines and all other recreational drugs. If anyone does have a problem with it they could get help without having to confess to a crime.

    CLEAR published independent, expert research last year which shows that a tax and regulate policy on cannabis would produce a net gain to the UK economy of up to £9.3 billion per annum.

    It is a scandal that our government, our judges, our courts, our police and our newspapers keep misleading us about cannabis. Find out the truth for yourself and wake up to the lies you have been told.

  4. achesandpains October 17, 2012 at 9:50 am - Reply

    If GW Pharma are granted a licence to grow 60,000 plants in Sunningdale, Kent (the biggest cannabis farm in the UK), process and sell it to international health authorities why can't gardeners like this get the same licence and enjoy the same generous tax breaks as GW Pharma do? This would encourage them to produce a quality product and it would benefit the economy rather than costing us £billions trying to control an uncontrollable market. The current black market if controlled by law rather than being banned has the potential to create at least 100,000 jobs and £billions in tax revenue. Add to this the savings in police and judicial time we would probably cover the national debt and some. It would also give us a mechanism to control access to the vulnerable and the young which, under the current system, does not exist at all.

  5. chiefnoobie October 20, 2012 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Another massive waste of money again, imagine if people were allowed to grow their own safely with the knowledge and supervision of the authorities (for personal or medical use). All the time and effort wasted by the Police could be used to benefit the community rather than keeping cannabis consuming members of it living in fear.

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