A MASSIVE underground cannabis factory was found after police carried out a string of raids

Officers from the tactical enforcement unit took part in six drugs busts in East Sussex.

It included a raid on a property on the A259 Barnhorn Road in Little Common near Bexhill.

Inside, they found 700 cannabis plants and more than 1,000 dried cannabis stems. A shotgun was also seized at the address.

During the warrants on February 16 and 17 more than £340,000 in cash was seized.

Six men have been arrested over the warrants in the Battle and Bexhill areas.

A 37-year-old man, a 29-year-old and a 67-year-old man, all from Bexhill, were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the production or supply of a Class B drug and acquiring, using or possessing criminal property.

Sussex Police said a 31-year-old man from Hailsham and a 33-year-old man from Bexhill were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug.

Meanwhile a 60-year-old man from Bexhill was arrested on suspicion of possessing a shotgun without a certificate and producing a controlled Class B drug.

All six men were interviewed and released under investigation while police enquiries are ongoing.

Detective Inspector Gavin Patch said: “This operation uncovered a significant cannabis production site and has resulted in a large quantity of drugs being seized.

“We are committed to disrupting the distribution of harmful drugs in our community, and will continue to respond robustly to information around the production and supply of drugs in the area.”

The investigation now continues with detectives leading the inquiry.

Any suspicious activity linked to drugs can be reported to the police on 101 or to Sussex Police online. In an emergency dial 999.