Around 160 cannabis plants found during raid at Kidderminster flat

West Mercia Police carried out a drugs warrant at a property in Audley Drive, in the Kidderminster area, on Monday.

The Kidderminster Safer Neighbourhood Team had received a number of reports from local residents in relation to the property – and once inside they found around 160 plants, of varying stages of growth, in the flat which had been converted to form large cultivation rooms.

Flogert Canaj, 30, from Albania, was arrested and has been charged for cannabis production.

PC Derya Mustafa, who organised and led the operation, said: “When speaking with some of the local residents they were very happy that we had taken action as they had reported suspicious activity to us and concerns over the smell from the property.

“They were extremely pleased with the result of the operation and that we were working to keep them and their families safe.

“I would like to reassure our community that when they speak, we listen. Drug use and the cultivation of drugs harm so many people and often our vulnerable and young people are caught up in the culture of use and distribution.”

Inspector Dave King added: “Kidderminster is a safe place to live and work but we know threats and risks exist from serious and organised crime.

“Therefore we are committed to raising awareness and doing everything possible to prevent people becoming victims.

“We will continue to remain committed to tackling organised criminal activity and all other forms of crime in Kidderminster, keeping this a safe and pleasant place for our communities.”

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