Northumbria Police have uncovered a £250,000 'drugs factory' in Ashington after reports of 'suspicious figures' in the area.
Officers were called to reports of men climbing a garage roof in the South View area, shortly after 10.45pm on October 10. They said they could smell cannabis at the scene and went on to locate a huge cannabis farm, which had been set up in an upstairs flat.
More than 400 plants at various stages of growth were found spread across four rooms – with an estimated value of around a quarter of a million pounds.
The farm has since been dismantled and the drugs seized.
A man has now been charged in relation to the discovery and is due to appear before the courts.