Police raid £492,000 cannabis factory after locals 'raise concerns' over building on busy street

Around 600 cannabis plants were discovered inside a building in Droitwich
-Credit: (Image: West Mercia Police)


Two men have been arrested after police busted a cannabis factory in a disused building. Officers discovered around 600 plants inside the premises on the High Street in Droitwich, Worcestershire.

The plants are thought to have a street value of around £491,400. Police raided the building earlier today (Wednesday, June 5) and arrested two men at the scene on suspicion of the production of a controlled drug.

The pair, aged 20 and 39, remain in police custody as officers carry out their investigations. Industrial scale growing equipment and sophisticated electrical systems were found in the building and the electricity within the building had also been tampered with, police have said.

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Hundreds of cannabis plats were found across three floors inside the property. The raid came following concerns from the public, a spokesperson for West Mercia Police said.

Police Sergeant Shaun Blackshaw said that cannabis grows are often linked to organised crime. He added: "Thanks to members of the public who raised concerns about suspicious activity at this location we have today executed a drugs warrant on Droitwich High Street.

Around 600 cannabis plants were discovered inside a building in Droitwich
Around 600 cannabis plants were discovered inside a building in Droitwich -Credit:West Mercia Police

"Hundreds of plants were found in the building which were seized and will now be destroyed, and two men are now in custody. Grows like this one are linked to organised criminal gangs whose actions reap harm on the communities we are here to protect and serve.

"The drugs they sell have a negative impact on our communities and can lead to other criminality, or the harm and exploitation of vulnerable people. Shutting down this grow today shows we will not tolerate criminal activity within our communities, and that we will act on information provided to us by the public."