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Three people arrested after police shut down east London cannabis factories

Police found around 125 full grown cannabis plants and a number of bladed weapons after raiding a property in Barking (credit: Met Police)

Three people have been arrested after police shut down two cannabis factories in Barking and Redbridge.

One man was arrested after police executed a warrant at an address on Charnwood Drive in South Woodford on Monday, 29 March.

The 29 year-old has subsequently been charged with cultivation of cannabis and abstraction of electricity. He is currently remanded in custody ahead of a Crown Court appearance later in April.

Two more men were arrested after police raided a residential property on Arnold Road in Dagenham in the early hours of Tuesday, 6 April.

Officers from the Drugs Focus Desk, part of the Violence Suppression Unit covering Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge, found around 125 full grown cannabis plants at the propety.

Cannabis related cultivation equipment was also found. All the plants and the equipment were removed to be destroyed, and a number of bladed weapons were also taken during the search.

The men, aged 47 and 24, were arrested on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis. 

They were taken to an east London police station where they were subsequently released on bail to return at a later date in mid-May.

Detective Sergeant Owen Morgan of the Drugs Focus Desk said: “The sale and use of drugs, and the crime associated with them, is a blight on the lives of law-abiding people in our community.

“Working together with our partner agencies and making use of all of the resources available to us, we will continue to take all possible action to disrupt and dismantle the activities of those producing and dealing drugs.

“Our priority is to minimise the negative impact that the drug trade can have on the quality of life for ordinary people living, working and raising their families in east London.”

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