Police in York have dismantled a £40,000 cannabis farm as they issue a plea to residents to report any suspicious activity in their neighbourhood.
Intelligence led officers to the grow at a house in Sixth Avenue where they executed a warrant on 23 March.
Inside they found a highly professional and sophisticated set up that they believe had been used by an organised crime gang to produce several crops of cannabis over time.
The house’s electricity supply had been diverted underground to by-pass the meter, presenting a high risk of fire, and serious danger to the people tampering with it.
A man believed to be acting as part of an organised crime group based in the Western Balkan region of Europe, was arrested at the scene and taken into custody. He has since been charged with cannabis production and is due to appear in court.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Simpson of North Yorkshire Police, said: Cannabis production is extremely harmful to our communities and its production is often used to fund criminal gangs who are involved in serious organised crime such as human trafficking, sexual exploitation and the distribution of class A drugs such as cocaine and heroin.
“It won’t be tolerated and we urge members of our communities to report any suspicious activity in their neighbourhood. We also urge landlords to be extra cautious when they rent out properties. The damage caused to properties by grows can be extensive and very expensive to repair.”