Officers carry out raid on suspected cannabis factory in Portsmouth

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POLICE raided a suspected drugs factory at a house.

Officers swarmed onto the property in Harleston Road, Wymering, yesterday afternoon following an ongoing investigation into suspected drug production.

Police were last night unable to say how much had been seized as officers were still carrying out investigations inside the house.

A large recycling lorry was stationary outside the property while officers scoured the scene.

Neighbours told The News a police car had been parked outside the property overnight before the raid.

One resident, who did not want to be named, said: ‘It has been smelling the road out for three weeks.

‘The police were parked outside overnight. There was one there parked this morning when I was coming out for work.’

Another resident, who did not give her name, said: ‘I’ve never personally had any trouble around here.

‘When I left for work at 6pm last night, the police car was still there at 2pm.

‘I don’t like the fact people are doing this in an area where there are a lot of families.

‘For the past week it has smelt really bad.’

Hampshire Constabulary confirmed a 35-year-old man from Southsea was charged yesterday with one count of being concerned in the production of a class B drug, namely cannabis.

A spokesman from Hampshire Constabulary said last night: ‘Police can confirm officers remain at an address in Harleston Road, Wymering, Portsmouth, to secure and preserve evidence for an ongoing investigation into the suspected production of illegal drugs.

He was bailed to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates Court on April 4, 2012.

Officers said on Twitter yesterday that they had shut down a suspected cannabis factory, describing it as ‘dirty and smelly work’.

On Monday, a man was arrested after around 90 cannabis plants – with a street value of about £2,000 – were discovered at a property in Port Royal Street, Somers Town, Portsmouth.