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At least £2.6m worth of suspected cannabis has been taken off the streets of Teesside in just one month.

Cleveland Police has raided properties across the area as it gets tough on the drugs trade.

Thousands of plants, along with sophisticated growing equipment, have been seized.

The scale of some of the cannabis farms raided have not been disclosed by the force, but on the information available, the suspected Class B drugs seized in the last month would be worth in excess of £2.6m.

Here are some of the finds:

Tangled web of drug farms

A web of dope farms have been unravelled after police discovered £115,000 outfit in Newport.

In total six cannabis growing conspiracies were uncovered worth a total of £425,000.

All farms are believed to be linked and six men and one woman have been charged and were due to appear at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on Friday, October 18.

A woman aged 33 was released under investigation while inquiries continue.



Cannabis

Cash totalling £15,000 and two vehicles, an Audi A3 and a Volkswagen Jetta, were also seized.

The string of farms were uncovered after police attended an address on Leven Street, in Newport, Middlesbrough , on Wednesday, October 16.

They discovered a cannabis farm worth an estimated £115,000.

An 18-year-old man was arrested at the property on suspicion of conspiracy to produce class B drugs.

Enquiries led officers to a further address on Leven Street where a 30-year-old woman was arrested.

Next up was Warwick Street, Ayresome, Middlesbrough, where three men aged 19, 25 and 33, and a woman aged 33, were also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to produce class B drugs.

Police swoop on Thornaby property

A property in Thornaby was cordoned off after a suspected cannabis farm was found.

The cordon was put in place on Cheltenham Avenue after the find on Thursday morning.

It is understood that officers were at the property from 8am as inquiries were carried out.

Potentially ‘lethal’ electric supply

Cleveland Police discovered the haul of plants and drug production equipment in Dallas Court, Hemlington last week.

The estimated value of the haul is £100,000.



The discovery was made by the Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Policing Team, which described the drug production operation as “extensive”.

A spokesman said: “As ever we are grateful for all intelligence we receive, as we fight these organised crime groups, determined to undermine our communities.

“The electric set up to power these farms is as lethal as it looks, with innocent unsuspecting residents living next door.”

Drugs and weapons

A tip-off led to drugs officers discovering a cannabis farm worth half a million pounds in a small terraced home.

The drug den was uncovered on Park Lane in central Middlesbrough.

600 plants were found in the property on Monday October 14, after officers acted on information from the public and executed a drugs warrant.



Weapons including bats and metal poles were also seized.

No arrests have been made, however, inquiries are ongoing.

More cannabis in North Ormesby



Some of the cannabis found

Cannabis farms estimated to be worth over £448,000 were busted in North Ormesby a fortnight ago.

Officers swooped on addresses in Deacon Street, Thornton Street and Kings Road in the early hours of Thursday morning.

In Deacon Street, police said about 50 cannabis plants were found and the drugs would have a street value of about £41,000.

A 36-year-old man was arrested in the street and charged with possession of a controlled drug of class B.

He appeared at Teesside Magistrates’ Court later in the day.

In Thornton Street, a cannabis farm thought to be worth just under £5,000, was found.

And around 360 plants were discovered in a Kings Road property with approximately 10 kilos of what is suspected to be cultivated cannabis. The combined estimated street value of these finds is £400,000.

Police blitz leads to farm find

Wanted criminals were targeted in a police blitz on crime as dozens of Cleveland Police officers joined forces.

After an early morning briefing at police HQ in Hemlington , the teams headed out across the force area and by 11.30am 16 people had already been arrested,  a vehicle had been seized and a suspected cannabis farm discovered.

The force targeted all areas of Teesside and two men, aged 52 and 54, were arrested at the scene of a suspected cannabis farm in Hartlepool

£700k worth of drugs in Gresham

Cannabis worth £700,000 was found in a series of searches in Gresham, central Middlesbrough , in early October.



Cannabis plants found in one of the properties

The drugs were recovered over ten days from addresses at Carlow Street, Wicklow Street, Wentworth Street and Tennyson Street.

Sergeant Mike Doherty from Coulby Newham ’s neighbourhood policing team, said, “We want to send out a clear message to our communities that we are listening and we will always act on intelligence in relation to drugs.

“Drugs cause nothing but misery to our communities and we will always strive to reduce the supply of drugs in our area.”

North Ormesby finds

Suspected cannabis worth around £300,000 were seized from two houses in North Ormesby on Wednesday September 25.



The plants that were recovered

More than 360 plants were recovered.

The properties raided were on Kindersley Street and Deacon Street.

Stranton Street, Thornaby



A suspected cannabis farm has been found in Thornaby

A suspected cannabis farm was discovered Stranton Street in Thornaby in September.

Thornaby Police said that the find was the result of “community intelligence” and the force urged more people to come forward.

Pictures of the find show a room full of plants with ventilation systems and a fan put in place.

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