AN ENORMOUS drugs raid on an industrial unit in Diggle – uncovering around £40,000 worth of cannabis – left both police and locals stunned.
GMP Saddleworth and Lees executed a warrant on June 11 at the unit on Harrop Court Road after a tip off from their team in Oldham about a possible drugs farm at the premises.
Inside, they found industrial scale cannabis production that left even the police surprised yet delighted with the find.
PC Lee Cullen told the recent Saddleworth and Lees District Partnership meeting: “We got some information from Oldham so a warrant was issued and the policing team went down to have a look.
“We had to go through two reinforced doors to get in. When we did, we discovered a tent containing plants in the first room and then a further four rooms containing plants in varying degrees of growth.
“There was at least £40,000-£50,000 worth of cannabis in there, as well as heaters, fans and cylinders to extract the smell. It was a very professional set up.
“You would think with that amount of growth it would be reeking but there was no smell at all as they had set up the fans and cylinders to remove it.”
He added: “If you look at it, you would just think it’s a normal building but inside it was like something you see on the TV!
“We have warrants like this sometimes and when we get into a property there is just one cannabis plant – so this was a lot bigger!
“To get something on this scale in Oldham, and especially Saddleworth, is very rare. We are really pleased with the result.”
The police dismantled the site overnight and removed the plants and equipment. The equipment will be shared among local groups for growing food and other projects.
PC Cullen continued: “As for catching anyone in relation to it, forensic opportunities were very slim. The place was just pristine and there were no fingerprints on anything.
“But we did recover some documentation that Oldham are looking at and which has opened a possible line of enquiry.
“The building management had no inkling this was going on. The heating and electricity bills also were normal so we’re looking into that as well.”
PC Cullen posted a video onto GMP Saddleworth and Lees’ Facebook page after the raid, and it has so far received more than 31,000 views.
He concluded: “We are determined as a team to tackle drug cultivation, drug use and the antisocial behaviour that follows in line with our ZeroZone initiative.”