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Cannabis factory found in Southtown

PUBLISHED: 11:27 02 December 2008 | UPDATED: 12:25 03 July 2010

MORE than 700 cannabis plants have been seized after they were discovered in a business premises in Great Yarmouth.

Intelligence from the community led police to the former Platform Scaffolding Services building on Gordon Road, Southtown, late last night.

MORE than 700 cannabis plants have been seized after they were discovered in a business premises in Great Yarmouth.

Intelligence from the community led police to the former Platform Scaffolding Services building on Gordon Road, Southtown, late last night.

The skunk plants filled a back room of the premises which had been transformed into a professional drugs factory with foil lining the walls and dozens of high voltage lights dangling from the ceiling, creating ideal conditions to grow the plants.

Police say the recently cropped skunk plants have the potential to yield four crops a year making those behind the high-tech operation thousands of pounds.

Insp Martyn Hooton said it was not unusual for drug dens to be found in business premises and at this stage could not rule out whether the find would lead police to other cannabis factories.

“It's impossible to say at the moment if this is a one off. People behind these operations use various premises from farm out buildings to rented houses.”

He said the scaffolding firm had gone out of business a few months ago leaving the premises vacant.

A 35-year-old man driving a vehicle close to the scene was stopped by officers last night and arrested in connection with the find, thought to be one of the largest for the Southtown area.

The man is currently in police custody at North Walsham police station and will be interviewed later today.

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