Armed police find secret drugs stash

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Police have unearthed a cannabis factory in a terraced house after discovering plants hidden in a “labyrinth” of secret rooms.

Armed officers raided the crumbling three-storey property in Melrose Street, Scarborough, at 11.30am on Tuesday after a series of tip-offs from the public.

Sgt Kevin Dunn  with the cannabis plants found in a property in Melrose Street.'Picture by Neil Silk  123117a

Sgt Kevin Dunn with the cannabis plants found in a property in Melrose Street.'Picture by Neil Silk 123117a

Following a detailed search, the drug was found stashed under the floorboards of rooms concealed by fake walls, as well as growing in a hidden basement.

Describing it as one of the most “sophisticated” cannabis farms ever found in Scarborough, Sgt Kevin Dunn said: “We could smell it in the house but didn’t know where it was coming from and that’s when we started ripping floorboards up. We seized bags containing about £500 worth of cannabis, which was ready to be sold on.”

As the search was scaled back, officers heard the drone of electricity coming from beneath the house, which is believed to be unoccupied.

Sgt Dunn said: “Officers found a basement where they discovered 48 young plants growing.

“It was a really sophisticated set-up in respect of the heating and ventilation.

“This is not someone who has been growing a bit of herbal cannabis for their own use. This is for wholesale distribution.”

A specialist team was sent in to bag up the evidence, including thousands of pounds worth of growing equipment. Police are now trying to trace the suspects and have started quizzing neighbours and examining documents found inside the house.

Contact Scarborough Police with any information on 101.