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Nearly half a million pounds worth of cannabis found inside Cheltenham industrial unit

Nearly half a million pounds worth of cannabis has been seized by police following a raid on an industrial estate in Cheltenham.

Officers from Gloucestershire Constabulary found nearly 500 cannabis plants after executing a drugs warrant at a unit on Liddington Industrial Estate in Old Station Drive on Monday (January 28).

A further 100 plants were found at linked addresses, bringing the total street value up to £460,000.

The cannabis plants were found inside an industrial unit. Credit: Gloucestershire Constabulary

Three men, aged 23, 57 and 63, and a 58-year-old woman, all from Cheltenham, were arrested on suspicion of drugs manufacturing in connection with the investigation.

This intelligence-led operation allowed the Force Crime Operations Team to obtain a drugs warrant and successfully secure entry to the premises.

– Detective Inspector Dave Shore-Nye
A close-up shot of one of the plants. Credit: Gloucestershire Constabulary

“This meant that we could arrest the suspects before seizing the evidence and dismantling a sophisticated cannabis grow which could have generated a very significant amount of money that would have been ploughed back into further criminality.

"The Force Crime Operations Team are tackling serious and organised crime on a daily basis seeking to bring offenders to justice and make Gloucestershire a safer place to live."