Cannabis plants have been recovered by police after two homes were raided by police within a matter of hours.
Five arrests have been made in the wake of the sweeps, which were carried out in Cobden Street and Caithness Road in Hartlepool this morning.
Officers from Hartlepool Volume Crime Team executed a warrant at the address in Cobden Street shortly before 9.15am, and 60 cannabis plants were recovered during a search of the property.
Officers then uncovered another suspected cannabis farm when they executed a warrant at an address in Caithness Road in Hartlepool.
During a search of the property 30 cannabis plants were found in the loft area of the house.
Four men aged 37, 33, 53 and 16 along with a 33-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis.
All are currently being interviewed by police.
Sergeant Mark Haworth said: “I hope today’s raids send a clear message to those intent on cultivating drugs in our town that you won’t get away with it.
“We are always building intelligence on drugs activity, and it is vital that we receive information from the public who have noticed tell-tale signs of drugs in
their community such as blacked out windows, noises of fans and hydroponics or strange smells.
“Any information can be passed to us on 101, confidentially by calling the Confidential Drugs Line on 0800 0929 702 or by calling the charity
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”