Five cannabis factories shut down in Romford, Ilford and Barking

More than 300 cannabis plants have been seized. Picture: Met Police

More than 300 cannabis plants have been seized. Picture: Met Police - Credit: Met Police

Five cannabis factories in Romford, Ilford and Barking were raided in the latest anti-drug supply operation, say Metropolitan Police.

Addresses in Romford, Ilford and Barking were raided. Picture: Met Police

Addresses in Romford, Ilford and Barking were raided. Picture: Met Police - Credit: Met Police

More than 300 cannabis plants, drug cultivation equipment and more than £10,000 in cash have been seized after warrants were carried out at five addresses by the East Area Command Unit, during the week long operation which started on Monday, (October 12).

Two men in their thirties were arrested; one on suspicion of production of cannabis, abstracting electricity and criminal damage and another on suspicion of production and supply of cannabis.

The operation has been underway since Monday. Picture: Met Police

The operation has been underway since Monday. Picture: Met Police - Credit: Met Police

Detective Inspector Dean Grafton of the East Area Command Drugs Focus Desk said: “The production of drugs, especially cannabis, is a key driver in both serious and organised crime. It has clear links to violence, weapons and criminal exploitation.

“The violence suppression unit, drugs focus desk and our neighbourhoods policing teams are committed to working with our borough partners to eliminate cannabis factories and the violence associated with them.

Two men have been arrested. Picture: Met Police

Two men have been arrested. Picture: Met Police - Credit: Met Police


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“Working together, we are acting on information provided to us by the public and partner agencies to target those involved in this illegal activity that has a hugely detrimental effect on the quality of life for the law-abiding community.

“This operation, code-named ‘Operation Brancaster’, marks the beginning of an ongoing continuous schedule of activity challenging and disrupting the production and supply of illegal drugs across the tri-borough area.

£10,000 has also been seized in cash. Picture: Met Police

£10,000 has also been seized in cash. Picture: Met Police - Credit: Met Police

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“I urge anyone who has information relating to drug cultivation or supply to contact us without delay. If you don’t want to speak directly to us, call Crimestoppers anonymously, but please do make that call and help us to remove drug dealers from your area.”

The Drugs Focus Desk is a small team of officers who compile information and intelligence linked to drug production. They coordinate and execute drug supply investigations and operations alongside their colleagues on the Violence Suppression Unit and support detectives in the wider CID unit.

Since the desk was established in July 2020, the number of charges for supply offences across the three boroughs has doubled.

From July to September 2019, there were 20 suspects charged relating to drug supply offences and for the same time period this year, 47 suspects were charged.

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