Drug raid haul tops £1 million

A month-long police operation to stop cannabis growers in Lancashire in their tracks has ended with some ‘excellent results.’ Operation Broadley ran throughout Lancashire during March and involved officers executing warrants across the county and working with local authorities and other organisations to identify signs of cannabis cultivation and take action.

With the operation now over, police have revealed that 1,890 cannabis plants were seized worth an estimated £815,000.

In addition, 48 arrests were made and £6,400 in cash was found by police officers during Broadley’s four-week run.

The operation was spearheaded by Detective Chief Inspector Tim Leeson from Lancashire’s serious and organised crime unit.

He said: “Operation Broadley heralded some excellent results across the county and I am extremely pleased that we managed to pick up cannabis plants worth nearly £1million and make dozens of arrests.

“Although this specific operation has ended, we can reassure the public that police in Lancashire we will continue to target cannabis cultivators and bring their activities to a swift halt.”

“The community also has a role to play and I would urge people to report any suspicious activities that could be a tell-tale sign of cannabis cultivation such as a strange smell coming from a property.”

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7:55pm Sun 22 Apr 12

moreachesandpains says...

and how much did this pointless exercise cost? A lot more than £1 million of taxpayers money I bet. In the case of cannabis the government have already made it legal to produce, process and sell at huge profit so why did this operation ever happen? They have also invested a considerable amount of taxpayer's money in this enterprise.  GW Pharmaceuticals grow 30 tons of high grade, high potency cannabis at a 'secret' location in the south of England every year with impunity.  They extract ALL the active ingredients, bottle and flavour the end product and sell it as Sativex.  It is cannabis in a bottle.  It is a medicine certified as 'safe and effective' by the government.  However, if you or I carry out exactly the same process, cannabis, according to the government , is a dangerous drug in a category not considered legitimate for medical use.  This utter hypocrisy underlies the governments war on some users of some drugs.  Time to end the lies and bring the huge damage this 'war' is causing to an end.
and how much did this pointless exercise cost? A lot more than £1 million of taxpayers money I bet. In the case of cannabis the government have already made it legal to produce, process and sell at huge profit so why did this operation ever happen? They have also invested a considerable amount of taxpayer's money in this enterprise.  GW Pharmaceuticals grow 30 tons of high grade, high potency cannabis at a 'secret' location in the south of England every year with impunity.  They extract ALL the active ingredients, bottle and flavour the end product and sell it as Sativex.  It is cannabis in a bottle.  It is a medicine certified as 'safe and effective' by the government.  However, if you or I carry out exactly the same process, cannabis, according to the government , is a dangerous drug in a category not considered legitimate for medical use.  This utter hypocrisy underlies the governments war on some users of some drugs.  Time to end the lies and bring the huge damage this 'war' is causing to an end. moreachesandpains
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8:09pm Sun 22 Apr 12

grasmith says...

The street price (or even the high street price) of a bottle of whisky is anything up to 20 quid...the real price is under two.The real price of a gallon of fuel is about £1-22 wheras the "street price" is seven pounds....Lankashire police claim to have snatched a million poundsworth of cannabis which would fit in a two acre field and cost about 2000 pounds to grow.....The real damage to society comes from the top down either by prohibition or taxation...If good quality cannabis was availiable in every supermarket for 5 pounds a gram (3 pounds of which could be tax) then lancashire police could sit on their arses and find something better do with themselves.
The street price (or even the high street price) of a bottle of whisky is anything up to 20 quid...the real price is under two.The real price of a gallon of fuel is about £1-22 wheras the "street price" is seven pounds....Lankashire police claim to have snatched a million poundsworth of cannabis which would fit in a two acre field and cost about 2000 pounds to grow.....The real damage to society comes from the top down either by prohibition or taxation...If good quality cannabis was availiable in every supermarket for 5 pounds a gram (3 pounds of which could be tax) then lancashire police could sit on their arses and find something better do with themselves. grasmith
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10:14pm Sun 22 Apr 12

Rookwood says...

I'm still waiting for the police to catch the racist thug who punched my wife in the face while she was out shopping. Still, it's good to know that the police are out there doing a sterling job instead. When I think of the number of victims spared by this crime, I can't help but think ZERO!
Smoking Cannabis (or however it's taken) affects nobody but the person taking it. Where then is the victim? If there is no victim, where is the crime? As smug as they are, the police have only achieved the non-aim of strengthening the drug subculture and ensuring the price on the streets rise further. Supply will not be affected at all for the quite simple reason that people who do their research understand that prohibition is a lie. What a waste of our taxes. When will it ever end. Legalise, Tax and regulate. It is the only way forward!
I'm still waiting for the police to catch the racist thug who punched my wife in the face while she was out shopping. Still, it's good to know that the police are out there doing a sterling job instead. When I think of the number of victims spared by this crime, I can't help but think ZERO! Smoking Cannabis (or however it's taken) affects nobody but the person taking it. Where then is the victim? If there is no victim, where is the crime? As smug as they are, the police have only achieved the non-aim of strengthening the drug subculture and ensuring the price on the streets rise further. Supply will not be affected at all for the quite simple reason that people who do their research understand that prohibition is a lie. What a waste of our taxes. When will it ever end. Legalise, Tax and regulate. It is the only way forward! Rookwood
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7:54am Mon 23 Apr 12

FritzSnugs says...

Waste of funding that could be used for numerous other reasons. 48 innocents arrested because of the broken probation. When will someone with half a brain cell realise we need to tax those who smoke, not stick them jail and pay for them. I am fed up of smokers being forced to put their money into organised crime instead of the tax system all because of outdated legislation.
Waste of funding that could be used for numerous other reasons. 48 innocents arrested because of the broken probation. When will someone with half a brain cell realise we need to tax those who smoke, not stick them jail and pay for them. I am fed up of smokers being forced to put their money into organised crime instead of the tax system all because of outdated legislation. FritzSnugs
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12:34pm Mon 23 Apr 12

Greylox says...

What a load of pointless rubbish that will stop nothing. The tide has changed in regard to peoples views of cannabis now. The government lets GW Pharmaceuticals grow cannabis in an astonishing amount, which it then turns into a tincture (something that was getting done centuries ago), yet if someone wants to grow their own medicine, they get arrested?!? WTF England? The police and government lie about cannabis and have done ever since it benefited them to. I can hear the rest of the world laughing at our outdated policies toward the plant , we need to sort it out and start letting adults do what they want as long as no one is getting hurt.
What a load of pointless rubbish that will stop nothing. The tide has changed in regard to peoples views of cannabis now. The government lets GW Pharmaceuticals grow cannabis in an astonishing amount, which it then turns into a tincture (something that was getting done centuries ago), yet if someone wants to grow their own medicine, they get arrested?!? WTF England? The police and government lie about cannabis and have done ever since it benefited them to. I can hear the rest of the world laughing at our outdated policies toward the plant , we need to sort it out and start letting adults do what they want as long as no one is getting hurt. Greylox
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