Drugs seized in raid on cannabis factory

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FOUR people have been questioned by police after a cannabis factory was found in a bungalow in Lancing.

More than 40 cannabis plants were found in a property in George V Avenue, on the West Beach estate in Lancing, along with hydroponic equipment used to cultivate the drug.

Officers from Adur and Worthing Neighbourhood Policing Team searched the house on Thursday, after members of the community passed information to police about drug production in the area.

A 61-year-old man and two women aged 28 and 24, all from Lancing, and a 25-year-old man from Rustington were arrested on suspicion of being involved in the production of drugs.

They were questioned before being released on bail until April 25 while officers carry out further inquiries.

Sergeant Steve Turner, from the Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “This was a successful operation and demonstrates the strength of working closely with our local community and partner agencies like Crimestoppers.

“We were able to build up a picture of what was going on at the address because of the reports we have received from members of the public and the information collected by officers.

“Tackling the supply of illegal substances is a key priority for us and this has made a significant impact in disrupting the drugs trade in Adur and Worthing.

“We will always follow up on information we receive in relation to those benefiting from the proceeds of drugs.”

One neighbour, who wishes to remain anonymous, said she saw several police cars outside a property in George V Avenue from which officers were coming and going on Friday.

“Anybody who has any dealings with drugs is an idiot,” she said, adding that she had known the occupants for many years, since two women at the house were little girls, and had ‘never imagined in a million years’ that cannabis was being grown at the property.

“We have always got on very well with them and never had any problem,” she said.

“The girls have grown up extremely polite and have always been helpful to us.”

You can report suspicious activity by calling 101, emailing 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or calling the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.