Police search continues for bosses behind huge cannabis farm in Doncaster

A police search is continuing today for the bosses behind a £1 million cannabis farm set up in a disused Doncaster pub.

Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 10:04 am
Updated Monday, 16th December 2019, 10:44 am

The drug den, complete with over 1,500 mature cannabis plants, was discovered in the former Harlequin pub on King Edward Road, Thorne, on Monday.

The sophisticated set-up has now been dismantled and the plants are to be destroyed.

The Doncaster East neighbourhood policing team said: “The team and local colleagues have finished the evidential process at the cannabis factory discovered in Thorne.

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A cannabis factory was set up in a former pub in Thorne
A cannabis factory was set up in a former pub in Thorne

“They have now cleared the premises of 1,500 plus mature cannabis plants, over 300 heat bulbs, transformers and associated electrical systems.

“This is a significant haul with a street value over £1 million taken out of circulation and prevented from hitting our streets.”

Temporary Inspector Andy Coulter said: “This is a significant drugs seizure and some excellent work by our officers here in Doncaster to keep the public safe. “Drug-related criminality has a massive impact on communities and can be associated with violence and organised crime.

“A seizure of this size is a significant disruption and work is now ongoing to try and identify those individuals who may have been involved in the production of this illegal substance.”

Tackling organised criminality is a priority for South Yorkshire Police in Doncaster, with a number of offenders now behind bars.

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident 200 of December 9 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.