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Police dismantle cannabis factory in Cheshunt

29 Apr 2021
  • Police in Broxbourne have dismantled a cannabis factory in Cheshunt.

  • Officers discovered 995 plants across seven rooms.

  • The plants had the potential to produce over £2,000,000 worth of cannabis per year.

Police have discovered and dismantled a cannabis factory in Cheshunt.

Following information received from members of the public, officers from the constabulary’s Operational Support Group and officers from the Broxbourne Operation Scorpion team raided a property in Delamare Road on Monday 12 April.

Inside the property, police found a total of 995 cannabis plants across seven rooms – with an estimated street value of around £550,000, and the potential to produce around £2,000,000 worth of cannabis per year.

Sergeant Richard Balderstone, of the Operational Support Group, said: “We are pleased that we have prevented this substantial amount of class B drugs from getting onto the streets and causing misery to lives. Cannabis factories are often linked to the exploitation of society’s most vulnerable.

“As well as being very unpleasant for neighbours and local residents, the factories also pose a significant fire hazard as they use large amounts of water and electricity, which are often syphoned from other people’s supplies.

“We get a lot of our intelligence regarding drugs thanks to vigilant members of the public reporting suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods, such as the cultivation of drugs or drug dealing.

“If you have any information about the supply of drugs please contact Hertfordshire Constabulary via the non-emergency number 101, report information online, or contact the independent crime fighting charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or submit details through their anonymous online form (opens in new window). No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.”

You can look out for the following signs of cannabis being grown in your community:

  • A strong and sickly-sweet smell
  • Lighting and ventilation equipment being taken into the house
  • Windows always covered or blocked off
  • People coming and going at all hours or neighbours you never see
  • Strong and constant lighting at all hours
  • High levels of condensation
  • Constant buzz of ventilation equipment
  • Lots of power cables around the property.

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  • Klaudjo Koldashi, aged 25, and Fatlum Iseberi, aged 26, both of Delamare Road, Cheshunt, were charged with the production of cannabis. They have been remanded into custody and will next appear at St Albans Crown Court on Monday 17 May.

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