Cannabis plants worth £1m discovered in North Chailey farm raid

The cannabis plants found at the farm

Police outside the farmhouse

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More than 1,000 cannabis plants worth at least £1 million on the street have been found at a farm in North Chailey.

Police raided the isolated Warrenorth Farm, on the A275 East Grinstead Road, North Chailey, at 9.15am this morning.

In a specially adapted outbuilding they discovered more than 1000 cannabis plants in various stages of growth, with an estimated potential street value of at least £1 million.

Two men and two men were arrested at the address on suspicion of being involved in cannabis cultivation and are currently in custody for interview and further enquiries.

Detective Inspector Gavin Patch said; "Although our examination of the building is at an early stage it is already clear that this is one of biggest such sites we have seen for some time."

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2:10pm Wed 26 Feb 14

thetungsten says...

"Two men and two men"- you Argus reporters are all like scratched records. Try proof reading before releasing your stories!!
"Two men and two men"- you Argus reporters are all like scratched records. Try proof reading before releasing your stories!! thetungsten
  • Score: 12

2:51pm Wed 26 Feb 14

gheese77 says...

thetungsten wrote:
"Two men and two men"- you Argus reporters are all like scratched records. Try proof reading before releasing your stories!!
Well at least it wasn't 1 man and 1 man and 1 man and 1 man.
Is the reporter on drugs?
[quote][p][bold]thetungsten[/bold] wrote: "Two men and two men"- you Argus reporters are all like scratched records. Try proof reading before releasing your stories!![/p][/quote]Well at least it wasn't 1 man and 1 man and 1 man and 1 man. Is the reporter on drugs? gheese77
  • Score: 9

2:55pm Wed 26 Feb 14

sussexram40 says...

Probably trying to pad the story out - could have said 4 men but 2 men + 2 men is longer.
It could be that the reporter inhaled the fumes from the labts and is tripping though.
Seems these cannbis farms are everywhere now. Surely about time they legalised and taxed it like tobacco!
Probably trying to pad the story out - could have said 4 men but 2 men + 2 men is longer. It could be that the reporter inhaled the fumes from the labts and is tripping though. Seems these cannbis farms are everywhere now. Surely about time they legalised and taxed it like tobacco! sussexram40
  • Score: 10

4:31pm Wed 26 Feb 14

UglyAmerican says...

Nice to see that UK police exaggerate the value of seized cannabis as much as the US authorities do.

Let's see, average yield of an adult plant is 1 pound, or 448 grams. The math used by police then equates to roughly £22 per gram. Must be some REALLY good stuff then.
Nice to see that UK police exaggerate the value of seized cannabis as much as the US authorities do. Let's see, average yield of an adult plant is 1 pound, or 448 grams. The math used by police then equates to roughly £22 per gram. Must be some REALLY good stuff then. UglyAmerican
  • Score: 10

4:56pm Wed 26 Feb 14

NickBrt says...

Didmnt know our green leaders lived up in chailey?!
Didmnt know our green leaders lived up in chailey?! NickBrt
  • Score: 0

6:53pm Wed 26 Feb 14

inmegarden says...

So Sussex Plod are quite capable of arresting a cannabis grower, but failed in their primarily duty of protecting life.
A woman was murdered in front of her children and Sussex Police state 'that lessons have been learned'... Dis-Bloody-Graceful.

Stop the ideological bullsh@t and fulfil the mandate that the public place on you, ie the protection of vulnerable people from real criminals.
Shame on you yet again.
PS What has Katy Bourne (the Police & Crime Commissioner of Sussex )
to say about this farago.
So Sussex Plod are quite capable of arresting a cannabis grower, but failed in their primarily duty of protecting life. A woman was murdered in front of her children and Sussex Police state 'that lessons have been learned'... Dis-Bloody-Graceful. Stop the ideological bullsh@t and fulfil the mandate that the public place on you, ie the protection of vulnerable people from real criminals. Shame on you yet again. PS What has Katy Bourne (the Police & Crime Commissioner of Sussex ) to say about this farago. inmegarden
  • Score: 9

7:34pm Wed 26 Feb 14

inmegarden says...

Sorry about my ugly prose re above. I have a bit of 'a cob on' about Sussex Polices' failure to protect a woman who requested their assistance, with reason, concerning her partner.
He murdered her in front of their children.
What has Katy Bourne to say about the woeful dereliction of duty from the top management of Sussex Police.
I should like to know, so as to later explain , via a statement, to the said children, the reason for the destruction of their mother.
Sorry about my ugly prose re above. I have a bit of 'a cob on' about Sussex Polices' failure to protect a woman who requested their assistance, with reason, concerning her partner. He murdered her in front of their children. What has Katy Bourne to say about the woeful dereliction of duty from the top management of Sussex Police. I should like to know, so as to later explain , via a statement, to the said children, the reason for the destruction of their mother. inmegarden
  • Score: 6

8:48pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Harry Brown says...

Sussex Police only discovered this because they got a tip off. Someone grassed (boom, boom - I'm here all week)
The police were set up on this country to protect the public, not to dictate or oppress people's right to choose how they live.
Alcohol and tobacco kill hundreds of thousands of people each year and (apart from a recent and very suspect coroner's verdict) cannabis does not.
If successive governments were prepared to have a sensible debate on drugs and not just think about themselves and their jobs, they would have legalised this natural plant years ago; raised billions in taxes from doing so and freed up police to concentrate on protecting the public, as is their role. Thousands of otherwise law abiding citizens would not have criminal records and I'll be honest; I think our streets would be safer with more people choosing to stay at home or go out and have a smoke instead of going out and getting drunk out of their minds.
Instead, the HUGE trade is pushed underground and HUGE profits just go to the criminals, rather than to the public purse.
Seriously, have a sensible debate on this. If weed was legal tomorrow (like alcohol and tobacco) how would this negatively affect your lives?
Sussex Police only discovered this because they got a tip off. Someone grassed (boom, boom - I'm here all week) The police were set up on this country to protect the public, not to dictate or oppress people's right to choose how they live. Alcohol and tobacco kill hundreds of thousands of people each year and (apart from a recent and very suspect coroner's verdict) cannabis does not. If successive governments were prepared to have a sensible debate on drugs and not just think about themselves and their jobs, they would have legalised this natural plant years ago; raised billions in taxes from doing so and freed up police to concentrate on protecting the public, as is their role. Thousands of otherwise law abiding citizens would not have criminal records and I'll be honest; I think our streets would be safer with more people choosing to stay at home or go out and have a smoke instead of going out and getting drunk out of their minds. Instead, the HUGE trade is pushed underground and HUGE profits just go to the criminals, rather than to the public purse. Seriously, have a sensible debate on this. If weed was legal tomorrow (like alcohol and tobacco) how would this negatively affect your lives? Harry Brown
  • Score: 18

9:11pm Wed 26 Feb 14

NickBrt says...

Now we know that Caroline's alias is Harry!
Now we know that Caroline's alias is Harry! NickBrt
  • Score: -5

9:15pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Harry Brown says...

NickBrt wrote:
Now we know that Caroline's alias is Harry!
You couldn't be more wrong! I just pray that Brighton's voters have learned their lesson when it comes to voting apathy! This might be the only occasion where our opinions are not divided
[quote][p][bold]NickBrt[/bold] wrote: Now we know that Caroline's alias is Harry![/p][/quote]You couldn't be more wrong! I just pray that Brighton's voters have learned their lesson when it comes to voting apathy! This might be the only occasion where our opinions are not divided Harry Brown
  • Score: 1

8:11am Thu 27 Feb 14

Dr Martin says...

sussexram40 wrote:
Probably trying to pad the story out - could have said 4 men but 2 men + 2 men is longer.
It could be that the reporter inhaled the fumes from the labts and is tripping though.
Seems these cannbis farms are everywhere now. Surely about time they legalised and taxed it like tobacco!
As you stated cannabis farms are everywhere, why would stoners pay tax on their righteous herb when they can get it very easily tax free?
[quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: Probably trying to pad the story out - could have said 4 men but 2 men + 2 men is longer. It could be that the reporter inhaled the fumes from the labts and is tripping though. Seems these cannbis farms are everywhere now. Surely about time they legalised and taxed it like tobacco![/p][/quote]As you stated cannabis farms are everywhere, why would stoners pay tax on their righteous herb when they can get it very easily tax free? Dr Martin
  • Score: 3

9:23am Thu 27 Feb 14

brightonian57 says...

I work near Chailey and I've never known the A275 called the East Grinstead road before Lewes Road maybe. It doesn't even go to East Grinstead
I work near Chailey and I've never known the A275 called the East Grinstead road before Lewes Road maybe. It doesn't even go to East Grinstead brightonian57
  • Score: 3

10:30am Thu 27 Feb 14

scoobysnax says...

Over 1000 plants "Potentially" worth £1 million, so if the green party grew 38,000 plants they could potentially pay for the iSore?
Over 1000 plants "Potentially" worth £1 million, so if the green party grew 38,000 plants they could potentially pay for the iSore? scoobysnax
  • Score: 4

10:33am Thu 27 Feb 14

rachey30 says...

It is called East Grinstead road. Infact i lived at this address b4 the cannabis growing person bought it!
It is called East Grinstead road. Infact i lived at this address b4 the cannabis growing person bought it! rachey30
  • Score: -3

11:25am Thu 27 Feb 14

beano mcbean says...

Sussex police should be congratulated at the seizure of this harmless herb. They should however be given further training in basic maths.
Sussex police should be congratulated at the seizure of this harmless herb. They should however be given further training in basic maths. beano mcbean
  • Score: 7

2:28pm Thu 27 Feb 14

griff9 says...

Dr Martin wrote:
sussexram40 wrote:
Probably trying to pad the story out - could have said 4 men but 2 men + 2 men is longer.
It could be that the reporter inhaled the fumes from the labts and is tripping though.
Seems these cannbis farms are everywhere now. Surely about time they legalised and taxed it like tobacco!
As you stated cannabis farms are everywhere, why would stoners pay tax on their righteous herb when they can get it very easily tax free?
Dr Martin maybe the "stoners" would rather buy cannabis that has been researched and regulated by scientific professionals, with the interests of public safety as a primary factor. Rather then some random street weed that has been grown by criminals purely for money as a primary factor!

Try to keep in your mind that there are thousands of different types of cannabis. Someone with epilepsy would want a totally different type of cannabis to someone with M.S, if they were both using it as a medicine. They have more chance of acquiring and understanding what they are taking if it is prescribed or has generally gone through some sort of professionally regulated process, rather then from a criminal who only see's profit.

Fair enough if you don't see cannabis as a medicine. Imagine alcohol was illegal and the guy you got yours from only had vodka or brandy instead of your preferred red wine?! It would mean you were forced onto something stronger or weaker then your preference just because it's not being sold or processed by the right people.

Whether you agree or not I would appreciate a reply on this one Dr Martin! Interested to hear your thoughts on what I have said!!

And that's without even mentioning about keeping it away from children and in the hands of adults!

Much love
A dirty stoner (your opinion, not mine)
[quote][p][bold]Dr Martin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: Probably trying to pad the story out - could have said 4 men but 2 men + 2 men is longer. It could be that the reporter inhaled the fumes from the labts and is tripping though. Seems these cannbis farms are everywhere now. Surely about time they legalised and taxed it like tobacco![/p][/quote]As you stated cannabis farms are everywhere, why would stoners pay tax on their righteous herb when they can get it very easily tax free?[/p][/quote]Dr Martin maybe the "stoners" would rather buy cannabis that has been researched and regulated by scientific professionals, with the interests of public safety as a primary factor. Rather then some random street weed that has been grown by criminals purely for money as a primary factor! Try to keep in your mind that there are thousands of different types of cannabis. Someone with epilepsy would want a totally different type of cannabis to someone with M.S, if they were both using it as a medicine. They have more chance of acquiring and understanding what they are taking if it is prescribed or has generally gone through some sort of professionally regulated process, rather then from a criminal who only see's profit. Fair enough if you don't see cannabis as a medicine. Imagine alcohol was illegal and the guy you got yours from only had vodka or brandy instead of your preferred red wine?! It would mean you were forced onto something stronger or weaker then your preference just because it's not being sold or processed by the right people. Whether you agree or not I would appreciate a reply on this one Dr Martin! Interested to hear your thoughts on what I have said!! And that's without even mentioning about keeping it away from children and in the hands of adults! Much love A dirty stoner (your opinion, not mine) griff9
  • Score: 0

2:42pm Thu 27 Feb 14

griff9 says...

Dr Martin ignore the 'dirty stoner line' of my post - after reading your post again I realized I misread part of it and thought it was more derogatory then it was!! And of course there is no edit function for me to use!!

Apologies for that but my point stands - most stoners would jump at the oppurtunity to pay taxed and have it regulated!!
Dr Martin ignore the 'dirty stoner line' of my post - after reading your post again I realized I misread part of it and thought it was more derogatory then it was!! And of course there is no edit function for me to use!! Apologies for that but my point stands - most stoners would jump at the oppurtunity to pay taxed and have it regulated!! griff9
  • Score: 1

4:53pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Helen Ariel says...

Waste of police time. Go and find some real criminals.
Waste of police time. Go and find some real criminals. Helen Ariel
  • Score: 2

10:03am Fri 28 Feb 14

Dr Martin says...

griff9 wrote:
Dr Martin wrote:
sussexram40 wrote:
Probably trying to pad the story out - could have said 4 men but 2 men + 2 men is longer.
It could be that the reporter inhaled the fumes from the labts and is tripping though.
Seems these cannbis farms are everywhere now. Surely about time they legalised and taxed it like tobacco!
As you stated cannabis farms are everywhere, why would stoners pay tax on their righteous herb when they can get it very easily tax free?
Dr Martin maybe the "stoners" would rather buy cannabis that has been researched and regulated by scientific professionals, with the interests of public safety as a primary factor. Rather then some random street weed that has been grown by criminals purely for money as a primary factor!

Try to keep in your mind that there are thousands of different types of cannabis. Someone with epilepsy would want a totally different type of cannabis to someone with M.S, if they were both using it as a medicine. They have more chance of acquiring and understanding what they are taking if it is prescribed or has generally gone through some sort of professionally regulated process, rather then from a criminal who only see's profit.

Fair enough if you don't see cannabis as a medicine. Imagine alcohol was illegal and the guy you got yours from only had vodka or brandy instead of your preferred red wine?! It would mean you were forced onto something stronger or weaker then your preference just because it's not being sold or processed by the right people.

Whether you agree or not I would appreciate a reply on this one Dr Martin! Interested to hear your thoughts on what I have said!!

And that's without even mentioning about keeping it away from children and in the hands of adults!

Much love
A dirty stoner (your opinion, not mine)
Users of cannabis smoke it knowing it is illegal, I don’t think they are that concerned where it comes from, having to pay tax and jump through what regulatory hoops that are put in place would deter most users from buying from legal sources in my opinion.
I have been told there are countless medicinal properties that can be made from cannabis, SATIVEX being the main one out there at present, I assume there is some form of tax/levy on it and it’s regulated yet a fair few MS suffers that I have debated against will insist on using their own grown weed or weed bought from a dealer,
As for dealer not having the preferred strength of alcohol, if there was a regulated system (assume consisting of mainly low THC cannabis) there will be those who will still want the stronger stuff or more of lower THC than they are permitted to buy.
As for your keeping it out of the hands of children regulation might curb it but regulation hasn’t really helped preventing kids from obtaining alcohol.
[quote][p][bold]griff9[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dr Martin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: Probably trying to pad the story out - could have said 4 men but 2 men + 2 men is longer. It could be that the reporter inhaled the fumes from the labts and is tripping though. Seems these cannbis farms are everywhere now. Surely about time they legalised and taxed it like tobacco![/p][/quote]As you stated cannabis farms are everywhere, why would stoners pay tax on their righteous herb when they can get it very easily tax free?[/p][/quote]Dr Martin maybe the "stoners" would rather buy cannabis that has been researched and regulated by scientific professionals, with the interests of public safety as a primary factor. Rather then some random street weed that has been grown by criminals purely for money as a primary factor! Try to keep in your mind that there are thousands of different types of cannabis. Someone with epilepsy would want a totally different type of cannabis to someone with M.S, if they were both using it as a medicine. They have more chance of acquiring and understanding what they are taking if it is prescribed or has generally gone through some sort of professionally regulated process, rather then from a criminal who only see's profit. Fair enough if you don't see cannabis as a medicine. Imagine alcohol was illegal and the guy you got yours from only had vodka or brandy instead of your preferred red wine?! It would mean you were forced onto something stronger or weaker then your preference just because it's not being sold or processed by the right people. Whether you agree or not I would appreciate a reply on this one Dr Martin! Interested to hear your thoughts on what I have said!! And that's without even mentioning about keeping it away from children and in the hands of adults! Much love A dirty stoner (your opinion, not mine)[/p][/quote]Users of cannabis smoke it knowing it is illegal, I don’t think they are that concerned where it comes from, having to pay tax and jump through what regulatory hoops that are put in place would deter most users from buying from legal sources in my opinion. I have been told there are countless medicinal properties that can be made from cannabis, SATIVEX being the main one out there at present, I assume there is some form of tax/levy on it and it’s regulated yet a fair few MS suffers that I have debated against will insist on using their own grown weed or weed bought from a dealer, As for dealer not having the preferred strength of alcohol, if there was a regulated system (assume consisting of mainly low THC cannabis) there will be those who will still want the stronger stuff or more of lower THC than they are permitted to buy. As for your keeping it out of the hands of children regulation might curb it but regulation hasn’t really helped preventing kids from obtaining alcohol. Dr Martin
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2:25am Sun 2 Mar 14

griff9 says...

Personally I feel that the majority of cannabis users would prefer to pay tax and have it regulated then buy from criminals On a black market. Particularly medicinal users. Regulation offers the opportunity to make the cannabis as safe as it can be. A black market will never be able to offer the same protection.

Unfortunately due to the hoops you have to go through to be able toget savitex prescribed, it has meant most MS sufferers are better Off growing their own. That combined with the fact that savitex is an inferior product due to it containing alcohol and also because it's made from one particular strain. You can build a tolerance quickly to types of weed and a change of bud can be like a whole new medicine.

I am not saying legislation or regulation will instantly cure the problems with cannabis, however it would offer a form of control over it that will simply not ever be available with the criminals controlling the market currently.

In summary, we could understand and tailor what types of cannabis areon the market and what works better for different diseases or conditions. We could have more of a chance of keeping the young from it then having dealers selling it people of any age. And we could use the profits from tax towards better things (such as building schools and hospitals) rather then lining the pockets of criminals who are willing to take the risk.

Also the amount of jobs it would create For people would be unreal. A major problem of part of the UK's economy is importing to much and not manufacturing enough. Regulating cannabis would not just create jobs for people growing it, much like any other business you would need people working in transportation, marketing, scientists for testing, office staff for keeping the books tidy, factory workers creatiNg different cannabis infused products such as foods, skin products, sweets (and a variety of other methods for product ingestion other then smoking it)

For me it's a question of control. Who would you rather were in control the Vietnamese gangs who are helping control other awful industries such ad the sex trade and human trafficking and hard drug markets.. Or medicinal and scientific professionals?

Seems like a no brainer to me..

And in terms of what you said about keeping high THC strains Off the market, personally I see no issue with high THC strains being available through the regulated system - I feel although they can be potentially dangerous that I would rather doctors and scientists should be in charge of distributing such things rather then gangs who are only after your money.
Personally I feel that the majority of cannabis users would prefer to pay tax and have it regulated then buy from criminals On a black market. Particularly medicinal users. Regulation offers the opportunity to make the cannabis as safe as it can be. A black market will never be able to offer the same protection. Unfortunately due to the hoops you have to go through to be able toget savitex prescribed, it has meant most MS sufferers are better Off growing their own. That combined with the fact that savitex is an inferior product due to it containing alcohol and also because it's made from one particular strain. You can build a tolerance quickly to types of weed and a change of bud can be like a whole new medicine. I am not saying legislation or regulation will instantly cure the problems with cannabis, however it would offer a form of control over it that will simply not ever be available with the criminals controlling the market currently. In summary, we could understand and tailor what types of cannabis areon the market and what works better for different diseases or conditions. We could have more of a chance of keeping the young from it then having dealers selling it people of any age. And we could use the profits from tax towards better things (such as building schools and hospitals) rather then lining the pockets of criminals who are willing to take the risk. Also the amount of jobs it would create For people would be unreal. A major problem of part of the UK's economy is importing to much and not manufacturing enough. Regulating cannabis would not just create jobs for people growing it, much like any other business you would need people working in transportation, marketing, scientists for testing, office staff for keeping the books tidy, factory workers creatiNg different cannabis infused products such as foods, skin products, sweets (and a variety of other methods for product ingestion other then smoking it) For me it's a question of control. Who would you rather were in control the Vietnamese gangs who are helping control other awful industries such ad the sex trade and human trafficking and hard drug markets.. Or medicinal and scientific professionals? Seems like a no brainer to me.. And in terms of what you said about keeping high THC strains Off the market, personally I see no issue with high THC strains being available through the regulated system - I feel although they can be potentially dangerous that I would rather doctors and scientists should be in charge of distributing such things rather then gangs who are only after your money. griff9
  • Score: 0

7:17pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Dr Martin says...

I wish I had the time to post a more lengthy reply to your post
Naturally I believe legalising cannabis would be a bad idea, allowing cannabis to a wider audience on top of the legal drugs that we currently have would a very foolish idea.
As I have already stated, selling cannabis would need regulation, those (those too young , mentally ill, or others at risk) would only have to pop round to their local tax free dealer to their hands on tax free weed, and do you think drug dealers will simply vanish because of legalising drugs of course they won’t, people desire illicit substances, low-medium strength THC weed is not going to satisfy a lot of these people, Class A drug usage has fallen over the years , partly in my opinion that they have been “allowed” to smoke cannabis
Alcohol and Tobacco is taxed and regulated (to an extent) unfortunately an awful amount of money is lost to those not prepared to pay tax on their poison of choice, same would happen to cannabis
I wish I had the time to post a more lengthy reply to your post Naturally I believe legalising cannabis would be a bad idea, allowing cannabis to a wider audience on top of the legal drugs that we currently have would a very foolish idea. As I have already stated, selling cannabis would need regulation, those (those too young , mentally ill, or others at risk) would only have to pop round to their local tax free dealer to their hands on tax free weed, and do you think drug dealers will simply vanish because of legalising drugs of course they won’t, people desire illicit substances, low-medium strength THC weed is not going to satisfy a lot of these people, Class A drug usage has fallen over the years , partly in my opinion that they have been “allowed” to smoke cannabis Alcohol and Tobacco is taxed and regulated (to an extent) unfortunately an awful amount of money is lost to those not prepared to pay tax on their poison of choice, same would happen to cannabis Dr Martin
  • Score: -1

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