Cannabis grow shut down in Rotherham

Date published: 03 November 2023 10:30
Dated: 03 November 2023 10:30:00

Officers executing a warrant at a residential property on Strauss Crescent in the Maltby area of Rotherham on Thursday (2 November) have located a cannabis set up and seized 94 plants.

The pre-planned raid was undertaken following intelligence gathered by officers indicating that drugs were being grown and distributed at the property.

Inspector Rebecca Deraz said: "Cannabis farms and factories have a significant impact on our local communities. Some people may think cannabis is a 'harmless' drug, but it is often linked to organised crime and the exploitation of vulnerable people who are recruited to look after the grows.

"I encourage the public to look out for the signs a property is being used being used to grow drugs. If you have concerns about a property near you, please report them to us. We will investigate and continue to disrupt the drugs supply chain, put a stop to this illegal activity and create safer neighbourhoods."

Signs that a property is being used for growing cannabis include:

  • Heavy smell of cannabis
  • Windows blacked out
  • Excessive condensation on windows
  • Blocked letterbox
  • Heavy use of anti-odour devices
  • Visitors at unusual hours; only staying for a short period of time
  • Signs of a property not being lived in – bins not being put out, garden not maintained etc.

If you are concerned about crime in your area, you can report it to us via 101 or 999 in an emergency. You can also submit information to us anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or complete a simple and secure anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org

Cannabis plants growing indoors