Two men have been arrested as part of an investigation into the discovery of a large cannabis cultivation in Hornchurch.
As part of an investigation by our serious and organised crime unit, officers executed a warrant in an outbuilding off Morecambe Close, Hornchurch, on Monday 22 January.
Once inside, they found 100 large cannabis plants, 22 medium size cannabis plants and 5,834 cannabis saplings.
The plants have been seized and assessed. In total, specialist drug officers believe the plants have a street value of more than £50,000.
Two men were arrested on suspicion of producing a Class B drug. One of them was also arrested on suspicion of abstracting electricity.
Both have been released on conditional bail whilst enquiries continue.
'Connections to wider criminality'
Detective Sergeant Mike Monkton said:
“This was a large-scale cultivation, with clear plans for continued use. Each of these plants have now been seized for assessment and destruction. “The growing of cannabis on a large scale is intrinsically linked to other criminal and gang activities. “We also know the proceeds of cannabis sale fuels other criminal activity such as county lines, money laundering and drug and human trafficking. As a force, we work determinedly to tackle those issues.”
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