Arrests as £2.2m cannabis farm found in raid

Arrests as £2.2m cannabis farm found in raid

Arrests as £2.2m cannabis farm found in raid

Two people have been arrested following a police raid at a former bingo hall On Swinton Road in Mexborough, Doncaster.

Officers from the Doncaster West Neighbourhood Policing Team uncovered the £2.2m cannabis farm at Empire Bingo on Tuesday morning.

2,188 plants were seized, and two men, aged 29 and 38, were arrested on suspicion of the production of Class B drugs.

Arrests as £2.2m cannabis farm found in raid
South Yorkshire Police

Inspector Adrian Luscombe, whose team led the operation, explained:

“In Mexborough and the surrounding areas of Doncaster, we focus heavily on tacking organised crime gangs.

“The groups of criminals who operate in our communities cause misery for many, and we are relentless in our pursuit of those who control their activity.

“Cannabis farms generate essential income that drives OCG activity, it’s not a ‘harmless’ drug in any way, shape or form. Often extremely vulnerable people are recruited to look after the grows, living in appalling conditions full of fear.

“Because of this, we invest significant resources in disrupting this activity and identifying those responsible.

“If you have information that could help us identify those who set up these farms it’s essential you come forward and tell us what you know.”

Weeks of investigation work by the force’s neighbourhood policing team led to a drugs warrant being carried out at the building on Swinton Road, police added.

Anyone with information is urged to contact South Yorkshire Police via the non-emergency number 101.

You can also contact CrimeStoppers annonymously on 0800555111.

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