Cannabis plant seizures up 20%

Police are raiding more cannabis factories like this one

Police are raiding more cannabis factories like this one

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Ninety cannabis plants are being found in Sussex every day as organised gangs look to make easy money from drug dealing.

The latest Home Office figures show more than 33,000 plants were seized in the county last year – nearly 20% more than the previous year.

Detectives say organised crime gangs are using the drug as a way to fund bigger operations, sometimes elsewhere in the country or abroad.

In the last eight days alone, 600 plants were found in two separate operations in East and West Sussex.

The number of plants seized in Sussex rose to 33,046 in 2011/12, from 27,654 in 2010/11.

The figure was higher than for any other English police force except Manchester, West Midlands and the Metropolitan Police.

Sussex increase

Nationally, the number of plants seized fell 14.1% year on year, and in the south-east the number of plants seized fell 5.5%.

The total number of cannabis seizures in Sussex last year rose 9.3% to 4,996 – the highest figure since 2007.

Cannabis seizures accounted for 74% of all Sussex Police drug finds – and nearly 81% in England as a whole.

Detective Chief Inspector Ali Eaton, of Sussex Police’s serious organised crime unit, said the increase in seizures and plants found reflected the police’s determination to crack gangs.

She said: “We often find organised criminals use cannabis cultivation as a way of bankrolling more serious crimes, such as heroin importation, robbery or getting firearms.

“Organised crime is national, if not international.

“Cannabis growing in Sussex might be funding an organised crime group elsewhere.”

Proceeds of Crime

She said plant seizures meant those gangs were being disrupted, and created the chance for police to launch Proceeds of Crime Act cases to strip criminals of their cash.

An Argus investigation into cannabis farms highlighted claims that individual growers are selling the bulk of their crops to bigger dealers, and selling off the rest in small amounts for extra money.

Landlords say damage worth thousands of pounds is caused when flats and houses are converted into drug factories.

On Monday, December 5 detectives led an operation in Canadia Road, Battle, which resulted in the seizure of 300 plants and harvested cannabis, worth up to £50,000.

A 78-year-old woman and a man and woman in their 50s were arrested and released on bail.

On Thursday, November 29officers working on Operation Accent, which targets crime among Eastern European migrants, seized 300 plants from an industrial unit at Forsters Yard in Quayside, Littlehampton.

Anyone with information about cannabis factories is asked to call Sussex Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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8:01pm Fri 7 Dec 12

UglyAmerican says...

20% increase in seizures only indicates a 20% (or more) increase in production/consumpti
on.

The War On Drugs, because fighting real crime is too dangerous.
20% increase in seizures only indicates a 20% (or more) increase in production/consumpti on. The War On Drugs, because fighting real crime is too dangerous. UglyAmerican
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8:16pm Fri 7 Dec 12

brighton-breezy says...

I would prefer to hear a 20% increase arrests for heroine dealers/ importers, Violent criminals or pedophiles..... but im guessing thats probably a bit harder for them.
I would prefer to hear a 20% increase arrests for heroine dealers/ importers, Violent criminals or pedophiles..... but im guessing thats probably a bit harder for them. brighton-breezy
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8:21pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Spx says...

Peadophiles running amok, limited resources for fighting crime, chasing after dope smokers and hassling motorists...
Peadophiles running amok, limited resources for fighting crime, chasing after dope smokers and hassling motorists... Spx
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8:25pm Fri 7 Dec 12

lorrie1 says...

Washington state legalized RECREATIONAL cannabis last night, Colorado on 6th Jan,Wont be long till its legal everywhere!
Never thought it would happen in my lifetime but i love being proved wrong!
What I cant understand is that why NONE of the british papers have even mentioned this? This is surely a historical day for the pot smoker as it wont be long before its legal here beings that we do almost everything the U.S does. Roll on that day.
Washington state legalized RECREATIONAL cannabis last night, Colorado on 6th Jan,Wont be long till its legal everywhere! Never thought it would happen in my lifetime but i love being proved wrong! What I cant understand is that why NONE of the british papers have even mentioned this? This is surely a historical day for the pot smoker as it wont be long before its legal here beings that we do almost everything the U.S does. Roll on that day. lorrie1
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9:38pm Fri 7 Dec 12

puddingandpi says...

Spoilsports. And it's Christmas.
Spoilsports. And it's Christmas. puddingandpi
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10:47pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Alan-_Hobday says...

This article shows just how urgent it is to get the cannabis trade back where it belongs: in the mainstream economy and out of the hands of the criminal element. When (not if) this happens the police will be able to concentrate on real crime like paedophiles, rapists and hoodlums.

Interestingly none of the British press want to tell people about a new documentary which takes an in-depth look at the war on (people who use) drugs, and the effect it has had. "Breaking The Taboo" was released today, you can see it free on You Tube.
http://www.youtube.c
om/user/breakingthet
aboofilm/featured
This article shows just how urgent it is to get the cannabis trade back where it belongs: in the mainstream economy and out of the hands of the criminal element. When (not if) this happens the police will be able to concentrate on real crime like paedophiles, rapists and hoodlums. Interestingly none of the British press want to tell people about a new documentary which takes an in-depth look at the war on (people who use) drugs, and the effect it has had. "Breaking The Taboo" was released today, you can see it free on You Tube. http://www.youtube.c om/user/breakingthet aboofilm/featured Alan-_Hobday
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12:06am Sat 8 Dec 12

just-a-person says...

lorrie1 wrote:
Washington state legalized RECREATIONAL cannabis last night, Colorado on 6th Jan,Wont be long till its legal everywhere!
Never thought it would happen in my lifetime but i love being proved wrong!
What I cant understand is that why NONE of the british papers have even mentioned this? This is surely a historical day for the pot smoker as it wont be long before its legal here beings that we do almost everything the U.S does. Roll on that day.
It will never happen in the U.S totally. Thousands are serving life sentences without parole, the prison industry is thriving. The war on drugs is a joke.
[quote][p][bold]lorrie1[/bold] wrote: Washington state legalized RECREATIONAL cannabis last night, Colorado on 6th Jan,Wont be long till its legal everywhere! Never thought it would happen in my lifetime but i love being proved wrong! What I cant understand is that why NONE of the british papers have even mentioned this? This is surely a historical day for the pot smoker as it wont be long before its legal here beings that we do almost everything the U.S does. Roll on that day.[/p][/quote]It will never happen in the U.S totally. Thousands are serving life sentences without parole, the prison industry is thriving. The war on drugs is a joke. just-a-person
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7:05am Sat 8 Dec 12

Nitrous_McBread says...

Good to see some level-headed sense from my fellow Brightonians in the comments above.

I rarely partake of the weed any longer 'cos it makes me hanker after bad takeaway food and laugh at stuff that isn't actually funny. But when everyone around me is smoking it and not becoming some rampaging criminal, it really pees me off that the government isn't regulating and taxing it. This would fix the economy in no time at all.
Good to see some level-headed sense from my fellow Brightonians in the comments above. I rarely partake of the weed any longer 'cos it makes me hanker after bad takeaway food and laugh at stuff that isn't actually funny. But when everyone around me is smoking it and not becoming some rampaging criminal, it really pees me off that the government isn't regulating and taxing it. This would fix the economy in no time at all. Nitrous_McBread
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8:23am Sat 8 Dec 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

I don't mind people smoking it, I just wish they would do it indoors because it stinks like an old ladies nursing home.
I don't mind people smoking it, I just wish they would do it indoors because it stinks like an old ladies nursing home. Maxwell's Ghost
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10:55am Sat 8 Dec 12

Tallywhacker says...

Just what we all need some grinning pot head coming to work. Would make the drunks look super efficient...
Just what we all need some grinning pot head coming to work. Would make the drunks look super efficient... Tallywhacker
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11:39am Sat 8 Dec 12

eezyguy says...

Show us the figures for the arrest rates for 'proper' crimes to offset their bullsh*t.
Show us the figures for the arrest rates for 'proper' crimes to offset their bullsh*t. eezyguy
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12:00pm Sat 8 Dec 12

The Savage Truth says...

Prohibition is the real crime here.
The hypocrisy of our drug laws wasting limited police time and resource.
Politicians need to remove head from ...
Prohibition is the real crime here. The hypocrisy of our drug laws wasting limited police time and resource. Politicians need to remove head from ... The Savage Truth
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3:38pm Sat 8 Dec 12

AmboGuy says...

Spx wrote:
Peadophiles running amok, limited resources for fighting crime, chasing after dope smokers and hassling motorists...
TROLL ALERT

TROLL ALERT

TROLL ALERT
[quote][p][bold]Spx[/bold] wrote: Peadophiles running amok, limited resources for fighting crime, chasing after dope smokers and hassling motorists...[/p][/quote]TROLL ALERT TROLL ALERT TROLL ALERT AmboGuy
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5:33pm Sat 8 Dec 12

hubby says...

I've never met a violent pot-head.
I've never met a violent pot-head. hubby
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10:32am Sun 9 Dec 12

qm says...

Alan-_Hobday wrote:
This article shows just how urgent it is to get the cannabis trade back where it belongs: in the mainstream economy and out of the hands of the criminal element. When (not if) this happens the police will be able to concentrate on real crime like paedophiles, rapists and hoodlums.

Interestingly none of the British press want to tell people about a new documentary which takes an in-depth look at the war on (people who use) drugs, and the effect it has had. "Breaking The Taboo" was released today, you can see it free on You Tube.
http://www.youtube.c

om/user/breakingthet

aboofilm/featured
Downloaded - looks interesting - thanks for that Alan ;)
[quote][p][bold]Alan-_Hobday[/bold] wrote: This article shows just how urgent it is to get the cannabis trade back where it belongs: in the mainstream economy and out of the hands of the criminal element. When (not if) this happens the police will be able to concentrate on real crime like paedophiles, rapists and hoodlums. Interestingly none of the British press want to tell people about a new documentary which takes an in-depth look at the war on (people who use) drugs, and the effect it has had. "Breaking The Taboo" was released today, you can see it free on You Tube. http://www.youtube.c om/user/breakingthet aboofilm/featured[/p][/quote]Downloaded - looks interesting - thanks for that Alan ;) qm
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4:53pm Sun 9 Dec 12

lorrie1 says...

lorrie1 wrote:
Washington state legalized RECREATIONAL cannabis last night, Colorado on 6th Jan,Wont be long till its legal everywhere! Never thought it would happen in my lifetime but i love being proved wrong! What I cant understand is that why NONE of the british papers have even mentioned this? This is surely a historical day for the pot smoker as it wont be long before its legal here beings that we do almost everything the U.S does. Roll on that day.
When i said in my previous comment that it wouldnt be long before Britian followed the U.S, suprise,suprise!! its in todays (sundays) newspapers about legalizing drugs in the uk.
Dave cameroon has his nose up the Americans backsides AGAIN.
[quote][p][bold]lorrie1[/bold] wrote: Washington state legalized RECREATIONAL cannabis last night, Colorado on 6th Jan,Wont be long till its legal everywhere! Never thought it would happen in my lifetime but i love being proved wrong! What I cant understand is that why NONE of the british papers have even mentioned this? This is surely a historical day for the pot smoker as it wont be long before its legal here beings that we do almost everything the U.S does. Roll on that day.[/p][/quote]When i said in my previous comment that it wouldnt be long before Britian followed the U.S, suprise,suprise!! its in todays (sundays) newspapers about legalizing drugs in the uk. Dave cameroon has his nose up the Americans backsides AGAIN. lorrie1
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11:06pm Tue 11 Dec 12

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