POLICE in Sunderland have dismantled a second cannabis farm as part of an operation to tackle drugs growers in the area.
The farm was discovered at 10.13am on Friday January 4 in the attic and a bedroom of an upstairs flat at Otto Terrace, Thornhill.
Around 400 plants were recovered along with cultivation equipment including hydroponic equipment, lighting and heating sheets.
Two men aged 40 and 43 have been arrested on suspicion of producing a controlled drug.
It is the second drugs farm raid this week. As reported in the Echo, police dismantled a cannabis farm in St Mark’s Road after officers sniffed out the strong-smelling Class B drug.
Around 200 plants were recovered worth an estimated £100,000 along with cultivation equipment.
Chief Inspector Richard Jackson said: “We know that illegal drugs have a negative impact on our communities and we will continue to take proactive action to prevent illegal substances from being produced and supplied within our neighbourhoods.
“The activity this week is part of an ongoing operation involving Neighbourhood Policing Teams targeting premises which are being used to produce or supply drugs.
“I would also encourage people to look out for suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods and report anything out of the ordinary to police.
“This can include people arriving at unusual hours, a pungent aroma in the area, blacked out windows or bright lights through the night.”
Anyone with information about anything suspicious can contact their neighbourhood policing team on 101.