FIFTY suspected cannabis plants with a potential street value of £48,000 were discovered by police at a house in Hartlepool.
The highly sophisticated and expensive set-up (right) was uncovered when police swooped on the property in the town’s Haswell Avenue, in the Foggy Furze area of the town.
Officers carried out the raid after receiving dozens of tip-offs from members of the public.
During the raid, at 11am on Friday, they found the huge plant farm and its elaborate growing equipment. The plants were kept under white sheeting, with fans and lamps.
A 59-year-old man and a 58-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis and also on suspicion of money laundering.
The town pair were released on bail while forensic tests are carried out on the drugs and while officers carry out their investigations into the alleged drugs operation. Police have urged people to pass on information on any suspected drugs activity and say they will always act on tip-offs.
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “This search was in response to concerns raised by members of the community.
“We have removed a large quantity of drugs which would undoubtedly have been destined for the streets of Hartlepool and further afield.
“We will always act upon information passed to us by the public and would like to thank them for their continuing support.”
Anyone who has any information about drugs in Hartlepool should contact Hartlepool Police in confidence on (01642) 302181, or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.