Police swoop on cannabis factory

March 29 2021

The cannabis farm. Picture: Avon and Somerset police

The cannabis farm. Picture: Avon and Somerset police

TWO men have been charged after a large cannabis factory was found in a warehouse in Westerleigh.
About 600 plants were seized, along with growing equipment, during a raid on the building in Westerleigh Road on March 3 by neighbourhood police officers working with Operation Viscount, Avon and Somerset police’s specialist team dedicated to tackling cannabis production. Western Power also attended and made the electricity supply safe.
The two men arrested, aged 21 and 46, were charged with production of a controlled drug and abstracting electricity.
They were being held in custody ahead of an appearance at Bristol Crown Court on April 7.
It is the latest in a series of drug-related actions by local police neighbourhood teams.
The following day police searched a property in Gloucester Road, Staple Hill, and seized items including a firearm and suspected cannabis, a small bag of white powder suspected to be cocaine, knives and two knuckle dusters.
A 36-year-old man from Staple Hill was arrested the same day on suspicion of possessing a firearm without a certificate and possession of cannabis with intent to supply.
He was later released under investigation as police enquiries continue.