Latest crackdown is hailed huge success

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POLICE are claiming a major victory in their on-going crackdown on drugs in Wigan.

Up to £4,000 worth of cannabis plants were seized by officers after a raid at an address in Orrell.

Neighbours watched as officers burst into the house in Orrell Gardens.

They were later seen leaving with dozens of plants and the related cultivating equipment.

Two vehicles - a silver Vauxhall Vectra and a cream-coloured Volkswagen Beetle Convertible - were also confiscated by the investigating team.

Insp Phil James, who heads Pemberton’s Neighbourhood Policing Team which spearheaded the raid, said: “This is an excellent result, both for police and more importantly for the community.

“This is the fourth significant cannabis farm we have recovered since September and this particular farm could have yielded thousands of pounds worth of drugs that could otherwise have found their way onto the streets of our communities and into circulation.

“Unfortunately, drug addiction can lead offenders into committing other serious crimes such as burglary and robbery to feed their habit, so to have recovered such a large amount of cannabis before it can cause any harm is a good result.

“I would also like to thank the community for their assistance - information from our communities is so important in our fight against drugs.

“I would urge people to continue to be vigilant and if they spot unusual activity at houses to call us.

“Tell-tale signs can often include lots of different people coming and going at unusual times and all of the windows in a property being covered day and night, as well as a pungent smell.”

The Pemberton NPT officers executed their warrant at the Orrell Gardens address at 11.30pm last Friday. A spokesman said: “Cannabis plants worth thousands of pounds, as well as equipment to cultivate the drugs were recovered.

“Two men aged 25 and 30 were arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis and subsequently given a caution.

“If you have information on anyone who may be committing crime in your area, please call police on 0161 872 5050 or for more information visit gmp.police.uk.”