Engineer’s tip off leads to police raid on Sunderland cannabis farm

Police drugs raid at the house in Chester Road, Sunderland.

Police drugs raid at the house in Chester Road, Sunderland.

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A VIGILANT engineer helped dig out hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of cannabis plants at a house in Sunderland.

He spotted unusual wiring rigged up to the property in Chester Road and contacted police.

At just after 1.35am yesterday, teams of

officers raided the terraced house, opposite Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Inside, police were led to an attic room where they discovered 300 cannabis plants and drug growing paraphernalia.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of producing a controlled drug and spent yesterday being questioned by officers.

Police today said the discovery has helped curtail the supply of a considerable amount of drugs reaching the city’s streets.

Officers spent yesterday continuing their search of the property.

Inspector Dave Pickett, of Northumbria Police, said: “This discovery and arrest has disrupted criminal activity.

“We are committed to disrupting the illegal supply of drugs and reducing drug-related crime.

“I would urge people to supply us with information on any suspicious activity so that we can act on it and take action.”