Cannabis worth £1m being grown at St Anne's industrial site
By The Bristol Post | Thursday, June 21, 2012, 05:00
MORE than £1 million worth of cannabis has been found being grown in an industrial unit in St Anne's.
The St Anne's cannabis factory
Avon and Somerset police raided the unit on Newbridge Trading estate yesterday, seizing more than 2,800 immature plants.
Experts said the crop had a street value of about £1.5 million.
The raid was carried out under Operation Viscount, a campaign across the force area targeting the production of cannabis.
The force's drugs strategy manager Paul Bunt said: "This was a very sophisticated set-up and a highly-organised production site.
"Today's seizures will have a direct impact on the supply of cannabis in Bristol.
"All of these plants will now be destroyed and will not reach some of the most vulnerable members of our society. We will now seek to place those responsible for their cultivation before the courts.
"Cannabis is seen by some as a lower level drug but we take it very seriously.
"The cannabis trade itself is illegal but it can also bring other crime to an area if a factory is located there. I would ask the community to continue to support our work."
On Tuesday, three Polish men were arrested after 31kg of cannabis was found in a lorry in Yate.
The articulated vehicle was found at about 10.30pm on Stover Industrial Estate, Millbrook Road. A total of 52 bags of drugs were recovered, each containing around 600g of cannabis.
To report suspected drug dealing or production, call police on 101.