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The man Kent Police would like to talk to in connection with a cannabis factory in Dartford Credit: Kent Police

Police are looking for a man in connection with what is believed to be the biggest ever cannabis factory found in Kent.

Officers uncovered the operation in August of this year, with around 6000 cannabis plants being found at the derelict building in West Hill.

The street value of the drugs was £4 million.

Officers believe the man they want to talk to uses the name Stefan Nardi, claims to be 37-years-old and Italian.

He is also thought to have links to the Deptford area of London.

MP urges change in the law over sale of cannabis seeds

It's illegal to grow a cannabis plant, but not to buy seeds Credit: Press Association

Two nights ago we revealed that while millions of pounds are spent combating the cultivation of cannabis the seeds needed to grow the drug are openly on sale at shops across the south-east.

As a result of our report a leading MP is calling for the sale of those seeds to be outlawed. At the moment a legal loophole means they can currently be bought and sold quite legally...on the understanding that they will not be grown.

But Sir Roger Gale, the MP for Thanet North says it's an 'outrageous' situation and is urging the Home Secretary to take action.


1250 cannabis plants found in Kent

Officers raided two properties in Medway. Credit: Kent Police

Thousands of cannabis plants have been discovered by Kent police at two properties in the Medway towns.

450 cannabis plants were found in a disused fish and chip shop on June 6th. This follows the discovery of 800 plants on the 24th May.

The plants are believed to have a street value of £500,000.

One man has been charged with the production of a controlled Class B drug and two others have been arrested.

Some of the plants found in a fish and chip shop Credit: Kent Police
Cannabis plants in a disused social club in Medway Credit: Kent Police

Drug seizure: Police statement

Officers from The Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are investigating the find.

The case is being headed by Detective Sergeant Tristan Kluibenschadl who said: "This is a significant seizure and we have been successful in taking a huge amount of drugs off the streets.

"If anyone has any information surrounding the supply and use of drugs, please contact the police, all information received is treated in the strictest confidence."


Police find Sussex cannabis factory

Police have discovered a cannabis factory in Sussex.

The discovery was made after a warrant was executed at a industrial estate in Small Dole yesterday.

Officers seized 500 plants with an estimated value of around £500,000.

Three people have been arrested, a 33-year-old woman, a 40-year-old and a 55-year-old man.

Inspector Clare McKnight said: "The police acted on information provided by our local community, and recovered a significant amount of cannabis.

"Drugs have a devastating effect on a wide variety of people and the police in Horsham are committed to holding those to account who are involved with illegal drugs."

71-year-old man jailed for cannabis smuggling

Robert Coulson Credit: UK Border Agency

A pensioner from Dorset who admitted smuggling 30 kilos of cannabis powder into the UK via Portsmouth ferry port has been jailed for three years and nine months. Robert Coulson, 71, of Lyme Regis, was arrested by Border Force officers shortly after arriving on a ferry from Caen in November.

He pleaded guilty to drug smuggling charges at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court. His car was stopped and searched on his arrival at Portsmouth, Coulson told officers he spends three months of the winter in Morocco because of his arthritis and was returning for a medical appointment.

Shortly afterwards officers found a quantity of powder hidden inside four tyre inner tubes in the car’s spare wheel compartment. This was tested and found to be cannabis.

£168,000 worth of cannabis was seized Credit: UK Border Agency
Cannabis was found hidden inside four tyre inner tubes in the car’s spare wheel compartment Credit: UK Border Agency
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