Two more men arrested in connection with discovery of cannabis plants - valued at £250,000 - in Wisbech house

PUBLISHED: 16:20 20 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:37 20 September 2017

Up to 500 cannabis plants found at cannabis factory inside £130,000 detached house in Oakroyd Crescent, Wisbech. PHOTO: Seb Pearce

Up to 500 cannabis plants found at cannabis factory inside £130,000 detached house in Oakroyd Crescent, Wisbech. PHOTO: Seb Pearce

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Two more men have been arrested in connection with the discovery of a cannabis factory in Wisbech.

Around 480 cannabis plants were found at a cannabis factory inside a £130,000 detached house in Oakroyd Crescent, Wisbech, on September 15. PHOTO: Seb PearceAround 480 cannabis plants were found at a cannabis factory inside a £130,000 detached house in Oakroyd Crescent, Wisbech, on September 15. PHOTO: Seb Pearce

This afternoon (Wednesday 20) two men, aged 35 and 39, both from Wisbech, were arrested in connection with the find. They remain in custody at the Police Investigation Centre (PIC) in King’s Lynn.

The factory, which contained about 480 young plants with a potential future yield of up to £250,000, was found by officers on Friday (September 15) in Oakroyd Crescent.

On Monday (18) a 49-year-old man from Wisbech was arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis.

The growing plants were being monitored using a number of CCTV cameras around the house. PHOTO: Seb PearceThe growing plants were being monitored using a number of CCTV cameras around the house. PHOTO: Seb Pearce

Chief Inspector David Murphy says the factory has links to organised crime in the area.

He said: “It’s a very professional hydroponics set-up. What elevates this above other procedures is that it is a professional set-up linked to organised crime. We’re very confident we can link known offenders to it.

“The property was being monitored elsewhere by the offenders on CCTV, which shows how professional it was.”

Police are thought to have been tracking movements at the house for some time and decided to move in on the house last week.

The three-bedroom house used to grow the plants was listed for sale for £130,000 in November last year.

Cannabis plants of different ages were found growing in four rooms using a sophisticated hydroponic set-up containing fans and growing containers.

Several rooms also contained bin bags full of freshly-harvested cannabis, ready for sale.

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