Photos of cannabis factory discovered at Renown Close, Chandler’s Ford

THESE photos show the scale of a cannabis factory that has been shut down by the police.

Specialist officers found the plants at a commercial property in Renown Close, Chandler’s Ford, on Tuesday morning.

They estimate that 500 to 600 plants were seized as evidence.

No arrests have been made at this time, but officers are continuing to investigate who is involved.

Renown Close cannabis factory, Chandler’s Ford. Photos by Hampshire Police

Eastleigh District Commander Chief Inspector Marcus Cator said: ‘This policing activity was carried out on the back of intelligence and information submitted to us by the local community, who were concerned about the activities related to drugs in their region.

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Police say there is no risk to the wider community.

“As a result, we have succeeded in taking actions that will hopefully help disrupt local drug activity and protect others from drug-related harm.

“There will likely be a heavy police presence in the area over the next several days as officers continue their investigations and determine the exact circumstances related to the drug grow activity.

“If anyone has any information about this, please contact officers on the scene – any information, however small or insignificant you think it may be, could help our investigation.

“We are aware that local residents will think it’s just a little cannabis and it’s not a big deal, but we want to emphasize that all drug production is linked to hidden evil.

Daily Echo: Renown Close cannabis factory, Chandler's Ford.  Photos by Hampshire PoliceRenown Close cannabis factory, Chandler’s Ford. Photos by Hampshire Police

“Large-scale operations like this are often carried out by organized crime gangs. These gangs are likely to engage in very serious violence involving weapons, such as firearms.

“They can also take advantage of vulnerable people, exploit them or make them work in bondage.

“The electricity requirements to grow so many plants are also very dangerous and can pose a huge fire hazard, putting nearby properties and lives at risk.

“It’s not just a little cannabis, it’s linked to serious crime. That’s why we really want to hear from people who suspect there’s a cannabis culture or drug-related activity in their neighborhood. »

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