Boosbeck’s PCSO Paul Payne and Neighbourhood Policing Officers are thanking the community they work for after a cannabis farm was discovered in a basement in a house in the village.
Concerned residents had contacted officers, reporting strange smells coming from the area of Serenity Hollow.
Officers began looking into the claims and at around 9am on Friday (11th November) Redcar & Cleveland District Drugs Unit and the District Support Unit raided the house where they discovered a large commercial cannabis farm containing over 500 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of £107, 000 – though it was clear to officers that there was potential for far greater financial returns in this criminal enterprise.
Two men aged 57 and 46 and a 32 year old woman were arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and possession with intent to supply cannabis.
The plants have been sent for analysis and specialist growing equipment including lights, heaters and fans were seized and destroyed.
Insp Charlie Bell said: “We are delighted that this East Cleveland community came to their local PCSO, Paul Payne, secure in the knowledge that their concerns would be listened to and acted upon.
“This was a substantial cannabis farm, expertly set up and we are pleased to have removed drugs which would have been destined for the towns and villages of East Cleveland if not further afield.
“I would like to thank those members of the public who came forward with information and to reassure all residents that any concerns regarding drug dealing or any other crime will be dealt with swiftly and efficiently.”