Police seize cannabis and cocaine in a dawn house raid


Police seized cannabis and cocaine in a raid on a house in Market Harborough this morning.

Officers found the drugs during the search at the property in Lathkill Street.

A 39-year-old man from Market Harborough has been arrested on suspicion of the possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

A Leicestershire Police spokesman said: “This morning (Monday 1 February) officers executed a warrant at an address in Lathkill Street, Market Harborough under section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

“On entering the address, officers found cannabis plants and a small quantity of what was believed to be cocaine.

“A 39-year-old man from Market Harborough was arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

“He remains in custody and enquiries are continuing.”

It is illegal to possess, grow, sell and distribute cannabis in the UK.

Cannabis is listed as a Class B drug – one down from cocaine, heroin, LSD and ecstasy – and carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in jail for supplying or producing the drug and five years for possession.

The 2009 guidance from the Association of Chief Police Officers says that for a first offence anyone found in possession of cannabis should be given a warning or a penalty notice.

However, police forces across the country have adopted different stances on prosecution.

Durham Constabulary said in 2015 it would not target people found with a small number of plants for personal use.

Cannabis remains the most popular illegal drug used in the UK. A Home Office survey found 6.5% of adults aged 16 to 59 used it in 2015-16 – around 2.1 million people.



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