Police use drone to find cannabis worth £200k in Spinney Hills

Leicestershire Police have used the help of a drone to locate a large amount of cannabis plants in the Spinney Hills area of the city.

Officers were given a tip-off by a member of the public about a possible cannabis factory operating in the area.

The plants were discovered on Rolleston Street on Thursday 7 February. Police believe the haul is worth between £150k to £200k. A total of 160 mature plants were seized in the operation.

Police were informed about a strong smell of cannabis coming from the area by local residents and businesses.

Due to the large number of houses and businesses in the locality, it was difficult to determine exactly where the smell was coming from.

As a result, officers used a drone to pin-point the heat source from the lamps used to grow the drugs using infra-red thermal imaging technology.

After successfully identifying the property, officers were given permission to enter the house without a warrant, as there was a potential threat to life. The heat from the lamps used to grow the cannabis was considered a serious fire risk, which could have spread to other properties.

Enquiries are currently ongoing to trace those who are responsible for growing and selling the drugs.

Sergeant Karl Walshe said: “I would like to thank the members of the public who came forward and brought to our attention the possibility of a cannabis factory in the local area.”

“That information was extremely helpful and has meant we have been able to keep a large quantity of drugs off our streets.”

“Thursday was an extremely positive result for us. We will continue to act on intelligence from the public and work with local partners to attain similar results in the future.”