Police find cannabis plant farm

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POLICE seized hundreds of cannabis plants during a raid on a Sunderland home.

Detective confiscated 300 of the plants after discovering the drug farm at the property in St Mark’s Crescent, Millfield.

After the execution of the search warrant on Thursday, police have been carrying out door-to-door inquires in the area in a bid to find out who is responsible for the crop.

Acting Neighbourhood Inspector Lisa Laverick, who covers the Millfield area, said: “We have recovered a substantial amount of drugs and taken them out of circulation.

“This activity should act as a clear warning to anyone involved in cultivating illegal drugs that we will take action to disrupt their criminality.”

Insp. Laverick added: “Inquiries are on-going to trace the offender and these will continue until the person responsible for cultivating these plants is caught.”

Last month it was revealed that cannabis farmers steal about £200million-worth of electricity across the UK every year to grow their illegal crops.

Crime expert Phil Butler, an academic and former Northumbria detective inspector, said the “staggering” amount was enough to power every Newcastle home for a year.

He said the farms’ use of electricity and water made them “death traps”.

Anyone with any information about drugs or drug supply in their area should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or alternatively Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.