Cannabis haul worth £100m
Monday 30 April 2012
More than 20 cannabis farms and factories were discovered by police every day last year as they seized drugs which could sell for £100m on the streets, new figures reveal.
Senior police chiefs said the size and scale of the farms were reducing as criminals producing cannabis were spreading the risk and minimising losses by employing a large number of so-called gardeners to manage small sites across multiple residential areas.
Over the two years since the last report by the Association of Chief Police Officers, 1.1 million plants have been seized with a street value of £207.4m. A total of 7,865 farms were found in the UK in 2011/12, up 15 per cent from 2009/10 and more than a 150 per cent increase from the 3,032 identified four years ago.
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