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Police find drugs farm hidden in loft
A TRAINEE policeman showed his mettle by helping to unearth cannabis plants concealed in the roof of a home.
Student officer PC Michael Papaiacovou, who is currently undergoing training at Essex Police College, investigated claims the home in Moss Close, Vange, was being used to grow the Class B drug.
After gathering enough evidence, he successfully applied to Basildon Magistrates’ Court for a warrant to search the home.
A team of officers then raided the property, where they found the makeshift drugs factory tucked away in the loft.
It had powerful lamps – used to help the drug grow – a ventilation system to get rid of the tell-tale smell of cannabis and three grow tents containing the plants.
The haul included 12 young plants and eight 2ft tall mature plants, one of which was ready to be cropped and sold on the streets at a value of about £800.
Police seized the plants and equipment and arrested a 50- year-old man on suspicion of cultivating cannabis.
PC Terry Betton, professional development officer and PC Papaiacovou’s tutor, said: “Tackling drug misuse and supply is a priority for Essex Police.
“We act to disrupt the supply of drugs into our communities in order to reduce harm and bring the dealers and suppliers to justice.
“The public are a vital tool in fighting crime and can help us by providing us with information relating to any illegal activity within our communities.”
The 50-year-old man was questioned, after the raid last Friday, and has been released on bail until December while police continue to investigate.
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