Home Office immigration officers discovered a cannabis factory in Brighton.
It was discovered in St James’ Street Mews at about 6.15am on Monday while they were carrying out immigration checks.
A 33-year-old Algerian man who had overstayed his visa was arrested. Officers searching the building then found around 70 cannabis plants in a bedroom. This matter was passed to Sussex Police for further investigation and their officers are now questioning the man.
Richard Lederle, head of the Kent and Sussex Home Office Immigration enforcement team, said: “This was an excellent piece of work by all officers involved. Not only did they arrest an individual who was in the UK illegally, but they’ve also prevented a quantity of Class B drugs making it onto our streets.
“This was the latest in a series of operations targeting illegal immigration in Sussex, and for those who are living and working here illegally there is no hiding place.”
Inspector James Davidson, from Sussex Police, said: "The operation has led to the dismantling of a small scale cannabis farm. It shows the benefits that come from working with partners like Home Office Immigration Enforcement."