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WEEDED OUT: Cannabis factory shut down in Ruislip thanks to officer’s hard work

 Published on: 7th September 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A cannabis factory on a residential street in Ruislip has been closed down thanks to the hard work of a local Metropolitan Police officer.

Officers conducted a successful raid on the address on Tuesday, August 29. This resulted in the closure of the factory and the recovery of a large quantity of the drug.

PC Drummond, from the Hillingdon branch of the Met Police, collected information through a two-pronged approach so police could put a halt to the cannabis production.

Firstly, she worked to build solid and trusting relationships with neighbours living near the factory, forming strong bonds that eventually led to vital information being provided to her.

Secondly, she also worked with the building’s energy provider and the National Police Air Service to gather thermal readings of the property, allowing them to ascertain what was going on inside.

The closure of the factory was publicised on Hillingdon Police’s Facebook page, with many residents applauding the officers’ work.

At the time of writing, no arrests have been made in connection with the factory.

Under current UK law, cannabis is considered a class B drug. This means that possession of cannabis can incur a sentence of up to two years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.

However, in cases of production such as this, those convicted can receive up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.

According to government statistics, there were 785,955 cannabis plants seized in England and Wales in 2021/22, the second highest number in the past 15 years.

Met Police data shows that between 2019 and 2022, a total of 1,135 offences in the force’s area of operation were related to the running of cannabis factories.

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