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Cannabis with a street value of £780,000 discovered in Thornbury industrial units

Cannabis plants with a street value of more than £780,000 have been found in two industrial units in Thornbury.

Police were alerted after a tip-off over the weekend. They found 786 cannabis plants - each worth around £1,000.

Its the second major seizure of cannabis from an industrial unit in the Bristol area in recent weeks. Last month more than 1,000 plants were found at a unit in Kingswood.

The latest discovery was made on Sunday. When officers went to investigate they smelt what they believed to be cannabis and heard a low humming noise from one of the units. A closer inspection found a door slightly open which revealed the cannabis plants.

Further searches identified a second unit with more plants. No arrests have yet been made.

786 plants were found by officers at the industrial units Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

This is another important find and we are committed to identifying those responsible for cultivating this significant amount of cannabis.

The amount seized is clearly not for personal use and the suspects are organised criminals who we believe are exploiting vulnerable people as part of their operation.

This is a real blow to the criminals and our message is clear – we will use all of our resources to identify, arrest and convict you and we will not stop in our efforts in preventing these drugs getting onto the streets of our local communities where they can and do cause serious harm.

As always, we are really grateful for information provided to us by members of the public and encourage anyone who might be able to help with our investigation to get in touch.

– Inspector Clive Summerill, Avon and Somerset Police

In an effort to raise public awareness Avon and Somerset Police has issued a list of signs that may indicate a property is being used to cultivate cannabis.

  • A strong vegetable smell
  • Windows covered from the inside with plastic or polythene
  • Condensation on windows
  • Curtains always drawn
  • House appears unoccupied