Cannabis factory raided in Farncombe

A CANNABIS factory in Farncombe was raided by police, who found 210 plants growing, after reports from suspicious neighbours.

The rented house in Farncombe Street was empty at the time of the raid on August 10 and officers are searching for the tenants, a couple believed to be Vietnamese who have had the property since April.

The plants were seized and taken away for analysis, then destroyed, after Surrey Police officers managed to get into the house shortly before 1pm to search it, following a call from a member of the pubic.

They carried out house to house enquiries in the area, and have also appealed to landlords to be on their guard for similar circumstances.

Neighbourhood Inspector Tom Budd said: “Many of the drugs warrants we carry out are at rented properties and the landlord often has no idea of what’s going on.

“In some cases the property has sustained thousands of pounds worth of damage during the installation of equipment used to cultivate and store drugs. The first that the landlord hears of it is when we call, by which time they are left facing a huge bill and a property in an appalling condition.

“If you do own a property, please carry out regular inspections and if you suspect that illegal activity is taking place please do not hesitate to contact Surrey Police.”

He said the tell-tale signs of cannabis growing included changed locks on doors or windows, a strange herbal smell, walls which are hot to the touch, constantly closed windows with the curtains drawn, or recently-installed extraction fans.

“Cultivation of cannabis is a criminal offence and this is an important discovery which will disrupt the supply of this illegal drug which blights our neighbourhoods,” he added.

“The supply of cannabis is something that we treat very seriously indeed and any offenders will be robustly dealt with by Surrey Police.

“Drug misuse is a community problem and it is important that anyone with information or suspicions about drugs in their area contacts us so we can take action.”

Anyone who has concerns that a property is being used to grow cannabis can call Surrey Police on 101.