Arrest made as police uncover large-scale cannabis farm with plants worth £1.2 million in Oldham

POLICE have arrested a man after uncovering a large-scale cannabis farm in Oldham.
Officers attended a premises on Shaw Road, Oldham at around 10.15pm on Friday, July 24.

Officers forced entry to the building and uncovered a vast cannabis farm, covering multiple rooms and containing an estimated 3,000 plants, with an estimated street value of £1.2 million.

A 36-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis.

Inspector Anthony Allt of GMP’s Oldham District said: “This is a positive result for the people of Oldham.

“Cannabis farms – particularly of this scale – are operated by organised criminals, who use the profits from such grows to further their criminality.

“Last night’s operation has disrupted a source of their funding and will therefore help to reduce the power gangs seek to exert.

“It once again demonstrates the importance of the public working alongside the police to disrupt drugs supply.

“If police we and the wider Oldham community continue to work together, we can help eliminate drugs from our streets and reduce the risk of vulnerable people being drawn into criminality.

“If you believe that drugs are being sold in your community, or believe a child or vulnerable adult to be at risk criminal exploitation linked to drugs gangs, then please contact police immediately.”

Call police on 101 or anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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