– Detective Inspector Eric Halford of Blackburn CID
This is a significant find, and goes to show these set-ups are organised, sophisticated and being run by people who have organised crime links regionally, nationally and even internationally.
The crime they generate not just through drug misuse, but other crime, such as theft and burglary, to feed cannabis addiction is also significant, and we hope this seizure will put a dent in the supply chain.
These set-ups take hold in our communities regularly, and this find goes to show the importance of the public telling us when they have suspicions about crime being committed in their community.
Police say they were alerted about a potential cannabis factory at an address on Shear Brow by information from the local community.
When police then executed a warrant at the address on Sunday, they discovered and seized around five hundred mature cannabis plants.