Hundreds of thousands of pounds of cannabis seized from Churchdown

Hundreds of thousands of pounds of cannabis has been seized from two areas in the county.

Police searched an industrial unit at Meteor Business Park in Churchdown on Monday following a call from the public reporting a strong smell of cannabis and discovered a large hydroponics cannabis production facility.

A large number of plants were seized and two men aged 50 and 53 were subsequently arrested.

The 50-year-old man was arrested from Brookfield Road in Churchdown and the 53-year-old was arrested from a house in Thistledown Close in Cheltenham where another large quantity of cannabis plants were seized.

An extremely high street value has been placed on the seizure which would have given a very large potential yearly yield of over £800,000.

The two arrested males have been released on police bail pending further investigation.

PC Matt Rollason from Tewkesbury Police Station said: “This was a dynamic operation with an excellent result made possible with the support and assistance of the local community, which will always be an invaluable aspect of policing.

 “We are grateful to the member of the public who contacted us to report their suspicions about this activity.

“We would urge anyone to come forward when they suspect possible criminality.”