Colchester: Update on cannabis cultivation in High Street
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Update Thursday 3 February @ 1.20pm
Two men have been charged as part of an investigation which was launched after about 500 cannabis plants were discovered at a property in Colchester High Street.
Officers discovered the cultivation shortly after 3pm on Tuesday 1 February. Four men were arrested in connection with the incident.
Two men have now been charged with producing a Class B drug.
Phong Nguyen, 22, and Tam Nguyen, 26, both of no fixed abode, will appear in Colchester Magistrates’ Court today.
A 39-year-old man remains in custody.
A 58-year-old man has been released under investigation.
Update Wednesday 2 February @ 12pm
Four men have now been arrested in connection with an investigation after about 500 cannabis plants were discovered at an address in Colchester High Street.
Officers discovered the grow shortly after 3pm yesterday, Tuesday 1 February and two men, aged 36 and 22, were initially arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis.
A further two men, aged 58 and 29, were later arrested close by.
All four remain in custody today.
Scenes of crime officers and expert drug witnesses have begun to work through the property. That work is expected to continue further into this week.
At this stage we expect the value of the plants to be very significant.
Chief Inspector Rob Huddleston, Colchester district commander, said:
“Specialist officers will remain at the scene today as we gather evidence to identify all those involved in this cultivation. “Of course, there will be some concern among our community after this discovery, but I know this investigation is moving along quickly. Four people have been arrested and we are also following several other lines of enquiry. “The trade in illegal drugs is inextricably linked to violence and the proceeds from drugs funds more criminal activity which leads to fear and misery for individuals and communities. "Stopping the people behind the growth and sale of cannabis is vital in tackling violent crime and helps keep our community safe.”