‘Major’ cannabis factory discovered in Cardiff after dawn drugs raid

February 26, 2013 5 Comments »
Operation Pristina

A major cannibis factory was discovered today in Eastgate Business Park, off Wentloog Avenue, in Cardiff.

A “major” cannabis factory was discovered today at a Cardiff industrial estate after an early morning drugs raid.

The find came as part of a series of synchronised dawn raids at 10 properties across South Wales and the west of England, which brought to an end an operation in which 7,500 cannabis plants worth an estimated £3.5m have been seized by police.

Over two-and-a-half years, Operation Pristina has seen 26 properties raided and more than £400,000 seized in cash.

Around 130 police officers today raided properties in Cardiff, Newport, Bath and Bristol – arresting seven men and a woman.

In the process drugs officers said they discovered and dismantled a “major” cannabis factory in Eastgate Business Park, off Wentloog Avenue in Rumney, Cardiff.

Detective Inspector Paul Latham, who led the operation, said: “Eight people have been taken into custody, a major cannabis factory has been taken out of use and several thousand pounds in cash have been seized.

“Drugs are a source of misery and blight communities and the message is simple – they will not be tolerated.

“Through tough enforcement and positive community engagement, we will strive to keep our communities safe and take a proactive approach against those who are suspected of drugs offences.

“Drug dealers should know that there is no hiding place, we will seek you out and bring you to justice.”

Assets like cars and property found during the operation were seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act and will now be subject to financial investigations, he said.

Officers from South Wales, Gwent and Avon and Somerset police forces were joined in the raids by the UK Border Agency and fire and ambulance services.

And after the properties were searched, PCSOs delivered leaflets to neighbouring homes to explain what happened.

“Operation Pristina was put in place to target individuals believed to be involved in the cultivation and supply of cannabis across South Wales and the west of England,” said DI Latham.

“During the course of this operation we have successfully disrupted many of those who have been suspected of dealing in drugs.

“This demonstrates the close partnership working with our colleagues on both sides of the River Severn to tackle drugs.”

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  1. foomandoonian February 26, 2013 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Sad news. Hopefully cannabis will be legalised soon and all that police effort can be directed to something more productive.

  2. bob day March 1, 2013 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    marijuana is medicine and the safest drug there is if you persecute pot something much more dangerous willtake its place Paul latham should be ashamed of himself

  3. bob day March 1, 2013 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    truth hurts

  4. Peter Reynolds March 30, 2013 at 9:22 am - Reply

    Are we so stupid in Britain that we cannot learn the lessons of history? If we prohibit something for which there is huge demand then the price rises and violent criminals become involved.

    If we introduced a legally regulated system we would solve nearly all the problems around cannabis. We'd have no more illegal and dangerous cannabis farms causing fires. 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. Science proves how much safer cannabis is than tobacco, alcohol, prescription medicines and all other recreational drugs. The evidence is that where legal regulation is introduced, consumption by children and all health and social harms are reduced.

    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.

    Independent, expert research also indicates that a tax and regulate policy on cannabis would produce a net gain to the UK economy of up to £9.3 billion pa.

    Our present policy on cannabis is irrational, irresponsible and dangerous. On 6th November 2012 Colorado and Washington state legalised cannabis for adults, Surely, this inevitable and long overdue reform will now begin to roll out across the world?

  5. ian March 30, 2013 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    protecting gw pharmaceuticals monopoly is the only crime commited here

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