£1.3 million cannabis farm found in raid on takeaway near Whitchurch

By Nick Humphreys | Whitchurch | News | Published:

Cannabis worth about £1.3 million has been seized in a police raid at an Indian takeaway near Whitchurch.

Cannabis growing inside the building. Photo: Shropshire Police

One person was arrested after the operation at the Taj Mahal Spice, in Oakvale, in Prees Heath, which happened at about 7pm on Tuesday.

Pictures shared by police show a room packed with plants, with strong lights up above to aid their growth.

West Mercia Police teams involved in the operation were Local Organised Crime Team (LOCT), the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Local Policing Priority Team (LPPT).

Cannabis growing inside the building. Photo: Shropshire Police

Detective Sergeant Steve Miller, from Shropshire Proactive CID, said: “This is a substantial seizure of cannabis presumably intended to be sold on our streets.

“We know those involved will be part of a wider serious and organised crime network and will continue to do all we can to take proactive action to pursue them and disrupt their criminality as well as safeguard the vulnerable people they look to exploit.”

The warrant saw Shropshire’s Proactive CID team work with officers from the Local Organised Crime Team, Local Policing Priority Team and North Shropshire Safer Neighbourhood Team.

A spokesman for West Mercia Police thanked the work of those involved for the arrest.

"Big thanks to the LOCT, proactive CID, and the LPPT teams today where a substantial amount of cannabis plants have been seized in Whitchurch," said the spokesman.

"One under arrest and lots of cannabis caught before it hits the streets."

Nick Humphreys

By Nick Humphreys
Senior Reporter

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star focusing on Shrewsbury.

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