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'Strange smell' leads to £250k drugs bust in Wisbech

3500 plants found at a property in Wisbech Photo: Norfolk Police

Cannabis plants with an estimated street value of a quarter of a million pounds have been seized by police following a raid in West Norfolk.

The discovery of 3500 plants at a property in Wisbech is one of the largest of its kind in the west of the county and followed a tip off by local patrol officers who noticed a strange smell in the air.

Police from Downham Market Safer Neighbourhood Team raided the address on Sparrowgate Road on Sunday 23 June and discovered a large number of cannabis plants, generators and drug growing equipment.

"This is a major drugs seizure for West Norfolk and a successful result that demonstrates that illegal drug activity will not be tolerated in the community."

– Supt Carl Edwards, Norfolk Police

The cannabis farm was discovered in outbuildings around the property with evidence also being seized from the house. No arrests have been made at this time but enquiries are ongoing.

Officers attended the address after local officers identified a strong smell of cannabis in the air during regular patrols in the area, eventually leading to the property being identified.

Downham Sgt Andy Crown, who led yesterday’s operation, said: “The quantity of drugs seized reflects the strength of the very distinctive smell noticed by officers on patrol in the area.

Inside the address we found a sophisticated cannabis production set-up clearly destined for the streets. We urge anyone with information about drug activity within their community to contact police on 101 - people can be reassured we will act on information passed to us.”