A Conservative councillor has appeared in court accused of growing cannabis.
Donal Hassett, who represents the Newbridge ward for Bath and North East Somerset Council appeared at Bristol Crown Court today accused of one count of conspiracy to produce class B cannabis.
He was arrested along with five other people as part of Operation Zephyr - the West Country's regional organised crime unit on March 24.
He will next appear on April 29th.
54 plants were found in the Hartcliffe area of Bristol and six people have been arrested for drug and theft offences.Read the full story ›
A 35-year-old man was arrested when police raided the cannabis factory in Watleys End Road, Winterbourne.Read the full story ›
The entire house in High Street, Twerton had been converted into a cannabis farm. 300 plants with a street value of £180,000 were seized.
Police were called on Tuesday evening after a neighbour thought a burglary was taking place.
Two men were seen running away from the back of the house and jumping over the garden gate. They have not yet been found.
“This is a significant discovery, thanks to local intelligence. Because of that we have taken out of circulation a very large amount of cannabis.”
A film made to try and stop people from taking drugs will be shown in local cinemas in Swindon.Read the full story ›
Avon and Somerset Police are distributing 'scratch and sniff' cards to the public to help people identify cannabis. The cards replicate the smell of cannabis in its growing state. Avon and Somerset has one of the highest numbers of cannabis farms in the UK.
A joint two year cannabis-seizing operation in Avon and South Wales has ended with the arrest of eight people yesterday. Overall, 7,500 cannabis plants worth an estimated £3.5 million and more than £400,000 in cash have been confiscated by police from Avon and Somerset, South Wales, and Gwent.
Police have seized more than 150 cannabis plants found hidden in underground bunkers, concealed by caravans.The cannabis factory was uncovered in West Bagborough, near Taunton. Officers say the plants have an estimated street value of more than £150,000.
Three men – aged 48, 50 and 39 - have been arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and money laundering. They have been released on bail pending further enquiries.