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£200,000 of cannabis found after police stop car

A man has been charged.

An estimated £200,000 worth of cannabis and cannabis resin has been recovered by Cumbria Police.

It was found after a vehicle was stopped on the M6 Northbound between junctions 42 and 43, on Wednesday 25 March.

Derek Owen, 61, of Glebe Hey, Netherley, Liverpool, has been charged with two counts of possession of a class B drug with intent to supply.

He'll appear at North Cumbria Magistrates Court on Thursday 26 March.

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Community helps with cannabis problem

Cumbria police are urging rural communities to help battle drug problems in the county.

It comes after officers discovered five cannabis farms - some in rural locations - between February and March.

Around £1 million worth of cannabis has been seized and 29 people have been arrested.

Officers are urging farmers and people living in villages to watch out for any suspicious activity in remote buildings.

Cannabis warning

Cumbria Police are appealing to rural communities to help them crack down on drugs. The plea comes after officers discovered five cannabis farms mainly in rural areas, between February and March. It led to the seizure of around £1m worth of cannabis.

Detective Sergeant Jason Robinson said:

"_Some of the biggest drug seizures we have made this year have been made in very rural locations across Cumbria. The recent discoveries of cannabis have removed £1million worth of drugs from our streets and have led to 29 arrests. We are turning to our rural communities for their help to make sure that this sort of organised set-up isn't happening on their doorsteps. Farmers and members of rural communities may not think that criminals would choose to use their neighbourhoods to cultivate drugs but the sad fact is, they do.

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The nature of rural communities means that farmers and their families often work very unsocial hours. With lambing season underway, farmers are working all hours so they are the eyes and ears we need to spot any suspicious vehicles or comings and goings. Criminals are always on the lookout for opportunities to make money and if you choose to let something that doesn't seem or feel right to you go unreported; then you could also be making your homes, families and property vulnerable."

– Detective Sergeant Jason Robinson

Police are encouraging farmers and members of rural communities to be aware and keep a lookout for tell-tale signs of properties that may be storing or cultivating drugs.

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