Police have seized 46 cannabis plants during a raid on a property in Bradley Road, Patchway, reports the Bristol Evening Post.
The raid was one of ten carried out so far this week as part of an operation running across the force area to target and disrupt the organised cultivation of the drug.
Police say they have so far seized a total of 900 plants with an estimated street value of £857,500.00 during the first week of the crackdown, dubbed ‘Operation Viscount’.
Force-wide, 15 individuals have been arrested on suspicion of possession and supply offences. Officers have also seized cash and amphetamines.
The force’s Drugs Strategy Manager Paul Bunt said:
“This is a great start to our latest campaign. We will be carrying out many more warrants over the coming months to clamp down on cannabis cultivation in Avon and Somerset.”
“Operation Viscount should send out a clear message that illegal drugs of any kind will not be tolerated and we will continue to bring offenders to justice.”
“The cultivation of cannabis has become a highly profitable illegal business. It also brings with it many potential harms to our communities.”
“I would urge anyone with any information about cannabis use or production in their area to get in touch with us on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
A list of tell-tale signs of properties being used for growing cannabis can be found on the Avon and Somerset Police website.
In November 2009, two Patchway PCSOs found 50 cannabis plants being grown at a house in Rodway Road. There was also evidence that electricity was being abstracted illegally from the mains.