Bailiffs stumble on £300k East Lancs cannabis farm

Young cannabis seedlings growing in propagators in the house in Camden Street, Nelson

Young cannabis seedlings growing in propagators in the house in Camden Street, Nelson

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BAILIFFS discovered a suspected £300,000 cannabis farm while attempting to repossess a home in Nelson.

Police raided the terrace home, in Camden Street, after being tipped off by county court officials.

An inspector hailed the find as the third ‘significant’ drugs operation in the town in the last month.

The 500-plant haul, which took up every room of the property, dwarfs the average price of a house in Camden Street – £46,000.

Yesterday, residents spoke of their shock at the discovery, which was made around 12.10pm on Monday.

Usmaan Ahmed, a takeaway worker who lives next door to the house, said he had never suspected any wrong-doings.

Mr Ahmed, 22, said: “I’ve lived here my whole life and I’ve never smelled anything, not even a whiff. There were no noises or banging or anything. I’m shocked and surprised.

“I was on my way to work and I saw the police, then I got a lot of phone calls when I was in work to say there had been a raid in my street.”

Insp Paul Goodall, of Pendle Police, said: “It is a significant find and we are making some inquiries as to the possibility of other incidents of drug production in the community.

“County court officials attended the property in relation to a repossession order and smelled something. They couldn’t gain access and called us. We turned up and found someone about to leave. He was about to do a runner and we have collared him. He was arrested and we are continuing inquiries.

“Obviously it was quite a sophisticated operation. I think there has been a room set aside with all the food, lighting and sundries needed. People have been looking after it, probably more than one person.

“It’s a large haul. From discussions with officers, we originally thought there was around £500,000 worth there but I now believe it is closer to the £300,000 mark.

“We’re pleased this cannabis is off the streets but there have been concerns that other terrace properties in the area of similar size being used for these activities. This is the third drugs find in Nelson in the last month and I urge anyone with suspicions to contact us on 101.”

n A 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of producing cannabis. He has been bailed without charge until August.The two recent Nelson raids were in Percy Street and Chapelhouse Road.

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12:09pm Wed 18 Jun 14

glynners says...

Look... If youre going to grow drugs in your house at least pay your bills before the bailiffs turn up. Deserve jail time for pure stupidity
Look... If youre going to grow drugs in your house at least pay your bills before the bailiffs turn up. Deserve jail time for pure stupidity glynners
  • Score: 50

5:39pm Wed 18 Jun 14

woolywords says...

Who is to say that he didn't plan to pay his bills, when the crop came in?
It's just that the bailiffs got round there, a bit sharpish...
Who is to say that he didn't plan to pay his bills, when the crop came in? It's just that the bailiffs got round there, a bit sharpish... woolywords
  • Score: 5

5:47pm Wed 18 Jun 14

MerlinTheVoiceofReason2 says...

These properties should be easy enough for Lancs plod to detect - no-one on the electoral register or obviously empty, plus windows shut and blacked out, even in summer.
These properties should be easy enough for Lancs plod to detect - no-one on the electoral register or obviously empty, plus windows shut and blacked out, even in summer. MerlinTheVoiceofReason2
  • Score: 5

5:54pm Wed 18 Jun 14

zabby says...

It's another scam,nelson again thought these people were hard working assets to society,and yes I am jumping the gun with a educated guess ethnic minorities again,before all the abuse follows ,I will hold my hand up if I'm wrong
It's another scam,nelson again thought these people were hard working assets to society,and yes I am jumping the gun with a educated guess ethnic minorities again,before all the abuse follows ,I will hold my hand up if I'm wrong zabby
  • Score: 6

10:38pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Steven11 says...

zabby wrote:
It's another scam,nelson again thought these people were hard working assets to society,and yes I am jumping the gun with a educated guess ethnic minorities again,before all the abuse follows ,I will hold my hand up if I'm wrong
I will bet that you are spot on zabby .
[quote][p][bold]zabby[/bold] wrote: It's another scam,nelson again thought these people were hard working assets to society,and yes I am jumping the gun with a educated guess ethnic minorities again,before all the abuse follows ,I will hold my hand up if I'm wrong[/p][/quote]I will bet that you are spot on zabby . Steven11
  • Score: 4

10:43pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Steven11 says...

woolywords wrote:
Who is to say that he didn't plan to pay his bills, when the crop came in?
It's just that the bailiffs got round there, a bit sharpish...
Brilliant comment. !
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: Who is to say that he didn't plan to pay his bills, when the crop came in? It's just that the bailiffs got round there, a bit sharpish...[/p][/quote]Brilliant comment. ! Steven11
  • Score: 1

10:57pm Wed 18 Jun 14

will12 says...

Seems it's every other house that it's grown in, but every corner shop is selling it ;-) well under the counter, they're not that stupid ;-)
Seems it's every other house that it's grown in, but every corner shop is selling it ;-) well under the counter, they're not that stupid ;-) will12
  • Score: -1

11:19pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Snowy-D says...

will12 wrote:
Seems it's every other house that it's grown in, but every corner shop is selling it ;-) well under the counter, they're not that stupid ;-)
Very true you can buy it from a lot of corner shops and a few in town centre I'm surprised the police can't smell it when they're brewing up ;-)
[quote][p][bold]will12[/bold] wrote: Seems it's every other house that it's grown in, but every corner shop is selling it ;-) well under the counter, they're not that stupid ;-)[/p][/quote]Very true you can buy it from a lot of corner shops and a few in town centre I'm surprised the police can't smell it when they're brewing up ;-) Snowy-D
  • Score: 3

11:24pm Wed 18 Jun 14

zabby says...

Get 20 Jin ling as well 4 quid
Get 20 Jin ling as well 4 quid zabby
  • Score: 3

8:29am Thu 19 Jun 14

Steven Seagull says...

Snowy-D wrote:
will12 wrote:
Seems it's every other house that it's grown in, but every corner shop is selling it ;-) well under the counter, they're not that stupid ;-)
Very true you can buy it from a lot of corner shops and a few in town centre I'm surprised the police can't smell it when they're brewing up ;-)
If you know where it's being sold I take it you have done your civic duty and reported it to the authorities?
[quote][p][bold]Snowy-D[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]will12[/bold] wrote: Seems it's every other house that it's grown in, but every corner shop is selling it ;-) well under the counter, they're not that stupid ;-)[/p][/quote]Very true you can buy it from a lot of corner shops and a few in town centre I'm surprised the police can't smell it when they're brewing up ;-)[/p][/quote]If you know where it's being sold I take it you have done your civic duty and reported it to the authorities? Steven Seagull
  • Score: 3

9:17am Thu 19 Jun 14

useyourhead says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
Snowy-D wrote:
will12 wrote:
Seems it's every other house that it's grown in, but every corner shop is selling it ;-) well under the counter, they're not that stupid ;-)
Very true you can buy it from a lot of corner shops and a few in town centre I'm surprised the police can't smell it when they're brewing up ;-)
If you know where it's being sold I take it you have done your civic duty and reported it to the authorities?
My father tried to report under counter tobacco, the reply still takes my breath away.... 'Sir, we are trying to build bridges with the asian community, not destroy them'
-
Gobsmacked!! he never bothered again.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Snowy-D[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]will12[/bold] wrote: Seems it's every other house that it's grown in, but every corner shop is selling it ;-) well under the counter, they're not that stupid ;-)[/p][/quote]Very true you can buy it from a lot of corner shops and a few in town centre I'm surprised the police can't smell it when they're brewing up ;-)[/p][/quote]If you know where it's being sold I take it you have done your civic duty and reported it to the authorities?[/p][/quote]My father tried to report under counter tobacco, the reply still takes my breath away.... 'Sir, we are trying to build bridges with the asian community, not destroy them' - Gobsmacked!! he never bothered again. useyourhead
  • Score: 10

2:30pm Thu 19 Jun 14

timeforcommonsense says...

useyourhead wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
Snowy-D wrote:
will12 wrote:
Seems it's every other house that it's grown in, but every corner shop is selling it ;-) well under the counter, they're not that stupid ;-)
Very true you can buy it from a lot of corner shops and a few in town centre I'm surprised the police can't smell it when they're brewing up ;-)
If you know where it's being sold I take it you have done your civic duty and reported it to the authorities?
My father tried to report under counter tobacco, the reply still takes my breath away.... 'Sir, we are trying to build bridges with the asian community, not destroy them'
-
Gobsmacked!! he never bothered again.
You would think they would make it easy to do our 'civic duty' but have you ever seen the forms you need to fill in, on line, to report someone for a benefit fraud. They ask for so much information, I was surprised it didn't say on the bottom of the form, " Please could you bring the perpetrator to a benefits office of our choice."
[quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Snowy-D[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]will12[/bold] wrote: Seems it's every other house that it's grown in, but every corner shop is selling it ;-) well under the counter, they're not that stupid ;-)[/p][/quote]Very true you can buy it from a lot of corner shops and a few in town centre I'm surprised the police can't smell it when they're brewing up ;-)[/p][/quote]If you know where it's being sold I take it you have done your civic duty and reported it to the authorities?[/p][/quote]My father tried to report under counter tobacco, the reply still takes my breath away.... 'Sir, we are trying to build bridges with the asian community, not destroy them' - Gobsmacked!! he never bothered again.[/p][/quote]You would think they would make it easy to do our 'civic duty' but have you ever seen the forms you need to fill in, on line, to report someone for a benefit fraud. They ask for so much information, I was surprised it didn't say on the bottom of the form, " Please could you bring the perpetrator to a benefits office of our choice." timeforcommonsense
  • Score: 5

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