Police arrest 17-year-old as they seize 300 cannabis plants from drugs factory in Gosport

A POLICE raid on a cannabis factory in Gosport resulted in the arrest of a 17-year-old boy, as officers seize 300 cannabis plants.

By Richard Lemmer
Tuesday, 22nd September 2020, 12:33 pm
Updated Tuesday, 22nd September 2020, 2:39 pm

The raid, which involved more than seven police officers, was in Sydney Road on Saturday, September 19.

Police also said they discovered a suspected victim of modern slavery.

It comes as a result of tip-offs from members of the public, according to a Facebook post from police.

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A 17-year-old boy has been arrested for producing a Class B drug. Picture: Hampshire Constabulary

The post continued: ‘It has been a busy weekend for the Gosport East Neighbourhood team but what a result.

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‘The team acted on information provided by the community and located and dismantled a cannabis factory.

‘Not only have we taken these drugs from streets we have also safeguarded persons we believe may be subject to modern day slavery.’

A suspected victim of modern slavery was also discovered during the raid. Picture: Hampshire Constabulary

One resident, who has lived in Sydney Road for the last nine months and asked not to be named, said it was a ‘shock and surprise’ to discover a drugs factory had been operating in the residential road.

She said: ‘We had no idea that was going on.

‘We knew someone was in there, but we never saw them.

‘The police were there all day and night – but I couldn’t see what they were doing.

Police seized more than 300 cannabis plants from a property in Gosport. Picture: Hampshire Constabulary

‘It’s usually a quiet area.’

A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of producing a class B drug, according to a spokesman from Hampshire Constabulary.

The spokesman said: ‘(The boy) has since been released under investigation.

‘One individual suspected of being a potential modern slavery victim was safeguarded, however (we) won’t be releasing further details in relation to them.’

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