POLICE raided a city house over suspicions a cannabis farm was being grown inside.
Officers were called to the property at the junction of Hylton Road and Kayll Road, close to Sunderland Royal Hospital.
Three police vans arrived at the scene and were seen working there for a number of hours.
Officers in forensic suits could be seen going into the house to carry out their investigations.
A man who works in a business near the flat and was there when officers carried out the raid, who asked to not be named, said: “Somebody said they’d found 125 plants in there, so it could be worth a lot of money.
“But the ones who owned it must have run off somewhere.
“There was a skip outside and the police were cutting up the plants and putting them in there.
“When the police broke in you could smell cannabis coming from there.
“There was a lot of lighting up there as well.”
A woman who lives in Kayll Road, but did not want to be named, said police activity had not come as a shock to those living in the street.
The woman said: “I saw the police vans coming past and going to the place.
“They were there for quite a few hours working at the place so you wonder what has gone on there.
“I’m not surprised because they found places like that in this street before.
“There are a lot problems to do with that kind of thing around here.
“I know drugs are rife around Pallion and Millfield even though it hasn’t affected me.”
The raid took place just after 1pm on Thursday.
Police are yet to charge anyone in connection with the raid, launched after receiving a report of a cannabis farm and say an investigation into it are continuing.