Large cannabis factory found during raid in Leicester

A large cannabis factory was found during a raid in Leicester city centre today.

The drugs were found in a building on Wharf Street, near Lee Circle, after a warrant was executed for the premises under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

The raid involved police officers, armed police, vans and undercover cars. A search of the building found a large cannabis factory, including a substantial amount of plants and hydroponic equipment.

A 30–year-old man and two men aged 28 have been arrested on suspicion of drug offences and remain in police custody.

A cordon remains in place at the scene and Wharf Street South is currently closed while officers continue their enquiries at the location.

Superintendent Adam Slonecki said: “A number of resources have been in attendance in Wharf Street South this morning and will remain there through part of the day.”

“I appreciate this may have caused some minor disruption and I would like to thank the surrounding community for their patience while enquiries continue at the scene.”

“This morning’s operation has successfully seized a significant quantity of cannabis which shows our ongoing commitment to remove drugs destined for the streets of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.”

“I would like to take the opportunity to encourage anyone who has suspicions around drug activity to contact police so we can continue to work towards tackling drug dealing and those offences which cause our communities concern.”

Anyone with information regarding drug activity can contact police on 101.

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