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Police seize £1million-worth of cannabis in just one day

Police seize £1million-worth of cannabis in just one day

Police have dealt drug dealers a blow after seizing more than £1 million-worth of cannabis in a single day.

Around 1,075 plants, with a street value of a £1,000 each, were confiscated following busts at three addresses on Friday.

Officers kicked off the blitz after finding a cannabis factory with 376 plants growing in a property on Leslie Road in Perry Barr.

A further 507 plants were discovered at an address on Halesowen Street in Blackheath.

Officers then dismantled another cannabis factory at an establishment on Kimberley Avenue, Alum Rock, completing the hat-trick of illicit seizures.

The haul was worth £1,078,000 in total.

The force’s Cannabis Team tweeted: “Over £1 million-worth of cannabis seized today over three scenes.

“Whatever your view on drugs, organised criminal gangs use profits for human trafficking, firearms and modern slavery.

“It’s good to hit them where it hurts.”

Supt Jane Bailey, East Birmingham said: “Top work team, well done, taking such a vast amount out of circulation to disrupt.”

Cannabis factories are being discovered on a daily basis across the city, often concealed within family homes.

Back in February, police smashed a £1million “industrial-sized” cannabis factory when they raided a property in Rolfe Street, Smethwick.

An estimated £1million-worth of cannabis was found in Rolfe Street, Smethwick.

West Midlands Police’s Smethwick tweeted : “Great work we have taken a large industrial sized cannabis factory off the streets from an address on Rolfe Street, Smethwick, worth an estimated £1million.”

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “Officers are currently investigating a large cannabis set up thought to be worth around a million pounds, which was found yesterday in Rolfe Street, Smethwick.

“Enquiries remain on-going and anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting log 703 of 21 February.”

In March, residents were evacuated for seven hours from Carrisbrooke House, in Longbridge, after a cannabis set-up sparked a fire.

Carisbrooke House in Longbridge

The power supply was cut off to the block and several homes around the site.

Residents were evacuated to the Factory Young People’s Centre, a community centre off Devon Way and Bournville College, where they were provided with hot food and drinks.

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