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Police sniff out 3 giant cannabis plants on patrol
6:00am Thursday 17th October 2013 in Echo News
THREE supersized cannabis plants measuring more than 6ft tall were found growing in a greenhouse following a drugs bust.
Police said the haul of giant plants was among the biggest they had seen in recent years.
Eagle-eyed officers raided the home in Tyler Avenue, Laindon, after local officers, patrolling the Lee Chapel North beat, noticed the distinctive smell of the Class B drug wafting from the property.
They secured a search warrant and a team of officers carried out a raid on the home.
In the back garden they found a garden shed which had been converted into a makeshift drug-growing factory.
Inside were powerful hydroponic lamps, which are used to help the vegetation grow, as well as other paraphernalia and 22 smaller cannabis plants.
However, officers were shocked when they searched a greenhouse, also in the garden of the home, to find it contained the three giant plants.
PC Benjamin Gribble, a beat officer for Lee Chapel North, said: “When we were patrolling past the property we could smell the cannabis, which prompted the warrant.
“Once inside the home, we found the smaller plants growing in the shed, which had all the hydroponic gear set up.
“But it was in the greenhouse where we found the plants that were over 6ft tall.
“They are much, much larger than cannabis plants you would normally see.
“We aren’t sure of their street value yet as they have been sent off for forensic analysis, but the big ones were ready to be cropped and sold.
“This was a good result as a significant amount of cannabis has been removed from the streets.
“We would urge anyone who has suspicions about drug-related activity to contact us so we can take similar action.”
Following the raid, which happened last Friday, police arrested a 61- year-old man on suspicion of cultivating a Class B drug.
He has been released on bail until November while police investigate.