Lockdown raids lead to 100 arrests and £5 million of illegal drugs seized across Cambridgeshire

Snapshot of the some of the drug raids carried out across Cambridgeshire in the past month. Whilst m

Snapshot of the some of the drug raids carried out across Cambridgeshire in the past month. Whilst most people have been following lockdown, a handful have been carrying on their drug business as normal. Cambridgeshire Police set out to disturb and disrupt their activities, Picture; CAMBS POLICE - Credit: Archant

Police used ‘lockdown Cambridgeshire’ to launch a major campaign against drug dealers that resulted in more than 100 arrests.

A post on May 17 revealed a quantity of cash was found by police in Cambridge.

A post on May 17 revealed a quantity of cash was found by police in Cambridge. - Credit: Archant

Since the coronavirus lockdown began on March 23, Cambridgeshire police say they have disturbed and disrupted the drugs business across the county.

Drugs, with an estimated street value of £5 million, have been seized and will be destroyed and illegal weapons and drug paraphernalia confiscated.

From sophisticated cannabis factories to organised County Lines activities, Cambs police deployed their officers to tackle multiple forms of drug crime.

In total, officers made 113 arrests in relation to the production or supply of drugs. The drugs seized included heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis.

Police in East Cambridgeshire raid a property in Chettisham where weapons, cannabis and around £14,0

Police in East Cambridgeshire raid a property in Chettisham where weapons, cannabis and around £14,000 in cash was seized. Image: East Cambs Police - Credit: Archant


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Officers found wraps and bags of substances in suspect’s pockets, hidden in underwear and one even tried to disguise carrying drugs in his mouth.

Superintendent James Sutherland, strategic lead for drugs, said: “Organised crime and drug dealing has not stopped during lockdown and neither have we.”

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Mobile phones used for drug deals, paraphernalia, weapons and cash were also uncovered as officers carried out numerous warrants, proactive patrols and the dismantling of cannabis factories.

Just last week on May 21, officers from the East Cambs neighbourhood team executed a section 23 misuse of drugs warrant at a home in The Hamlet, Chettisham.

Cambridgeshire police officers posted this find in Peterborough on April 1. Image: Policing Peterbor

Cambridgeshire police officers posted this find in Peterborough on April 1. Image: Policing Peterborough - Credit: Archant

The team broke down the front door and seized weapons, around £14,000 in cash and other items in the raid. Investigations for money laundering are now ongoing.

Earlier in the lockdown, in April, reports emerged that neighbourhood officers discovered 108 cannabis plants growing when they carried out an emergency warrant at a location in County Road, March.

A fully grown plant can be worth around £1,000 - and they were all seized and destroyed.

Three people were charged on April 19 following one of Cambridgeshire Police’s more substantial finds - a cannabis factory with 2,777 cannabis plants in Welland, Peterborough.

"This little Cannabis gardener must be staying at home" was the caption police in Peterborough used

"This little Cannabis gardener must be staying at home" was the caption police in Peterborough used on April 7 to describe this find. Image: Policing Peterborough - Credit: Archant

Images released from the raid show rooms lined with silver sheets as well as lights and heat lamps covering the plants. Multiple electricity outlets have been set up and are being used to power the operation.

Young plants were being cultivated on shelves elsewhere in the factory.

If the plants were able to continue growing, it has been estimated the street value of this fine along would have been up to £2 million.

Officers lso found 141 cannabis plants worth more than £100,000 in Peterborough. Two men have since pleaded guilty to production of cannabis.

Sniffer dogs were used in some of the police raids during the coronavirus lockdown. Image: Policing

Sniffer dogs were used in some of the police raids during the coronavirus lockdown. Image: Policing in Cambridge City - Credit: Archant

During the same weekend, officers went on to discover further four cannabis grows in Orton Malborne, Orton Goldhay, Hampton Hargate and Ravensthorpe, seizing more than 550 plants with a potential maximum street value of £462,000.

Meanwhile, in Cambridge, two men were charged in connection with county lines offences which included possession with intent to supply Class A drugs after Class A substances worth around £7,000 were seized.

Another suspected County Lines drug dealer hid £750 worth of individual wraps of crack cocaine and heroin in his mouth on May 11.

He was later charged with possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and also charged with kicking two officers at Parkside Police Station.

It is believed the street value of this cannabis find in the Wellend area of Peterborough on Sunday

It is believed the street value of this cannabis find in the Wellend area of Peterborough on Sunday April 19 had a potential street value of £2 million. Image: Policing Peterborough - Credit: Archant

Meanwhile officers from the South Cambs neighbourhood team seized more than 580 cannabis plants worth around £287,000 in Hardwick.

This was another sophisticated set up with rooms filled with plants that were growing in optimal condition with the help of lights and heat lamps.

Two 26-year-old men have since appeared in court charged with the production of cannabis.

At Chettisham police found cannabis and £14,000 at a house in The Hamlet. Occupants are also being quizzed about money laundering.

Police in Peterborough reveal in a Facebook post on April 27 that four sophisticated cannabis factor

Police in Peterborough reveal in a Facebook post on April 27 that four sophisticated cannabis factories with plants estimated to be worth £221,000 had uncovered within four days. Image: Policing Peterborough - Credit: Archant

In High Barns, Ely, no drugs were found during a raid but evidence of drug use discovered together with a knuckleduster.

Supt Sutherland said: “Our strengthened neighbourhood policing teams will continue to relentlessly pursue those involved in the illegal supply of drugs to prevent the harm that their activity does to our communities and our most vulnerable residents.”

He added: “At the same time it is vital that we continue to work with our partners to ensure that there is support for drug users to rebuild their lives and support for educators to teach young people about the risks of taking drugs.”

One of the cannabis farms police have uncovered during the coronavirus lockdown in a warehouse in Ch

One of the cannabis farms police have uncovered during the coronavirus lockdown in a warehouse in Church Street, Gamlingay. In one room, 447 plants were uncovered. Image: South Cambridgeshire Police - Credit: Archant

Drugs seized by police during the lockdown. Image: Fenland Police

Drugs seized by police during the lockdown. Image: Fenland Police - Credit: Archant

On May 14/15 police carried out six warrants in Loves Way and Howitt’s Garden in St Neots, Headford

On May 14/15 police carried out six warrants in Loves Way and Howitt’s Garden in St Neots, Headford Close, Minerva Way and Tweedsmuir Court in Cambridge and Cambourne.Class A and B drugs, cash, mobile phones and other drug paraphernalia have been seized and a number of arrests made. - Credit: Archant

On May 14/15 police carried out six warrants in Loves Way and Howitt’s Garden in St Neots, Headford

On May 14/15 police carried out six warrants in Loves Way and Howitt’s Garden in St Neots, Headford Close, Minerva Way and Tweedsmuir Court in Cambridge and Cambourne.Class A and B drugs, cash, mobile phones and other drug paraphernalia have been seized and a number of arrests made. - Credit: Archant

On May 14/15 police carried out six warrants in Loves Way and Howitt’s Garden in St Neots, Headford

On May 14/15 police carried out six warrants in Loves Way and Howitt’s Garden in St Neots, Headford Close, Minerva Way and Tweedsmuir Court in Cambridge and Cambourne.Class A and B drugs, cash, mobile phones and other drug paraphernalia have been seized and a number of arrests made. - Credit: Archant

On May 14/15 police carried out six warrants in Loves Way and Howitt’s Garden in St Neots, Headford

On May 14/15 police carried out six warrants in Loves Way and Howitt’s Garden in St Neots, Headford Close, Minerva Way and Tweedsmuir Court in Cambridge and Cambourne.Class A and B drugs, cash, mobile phones and other drug paraphernalia have been seized and a number of arrests made. - Credit: Archant

On May 14/15 police carried out six warrants in Loves Way and Howitt’s Garden in St Neots, Headford

On May 14/15 police carried out six warrants in Loves Way and Howitt’s Garden in St Neots, Headford Close, Minerva Way and Tweedsmuir Court in Cambridge and Cambourne.Class A and B drugs, cash, mobile phones and other drug paraphernalia have been seized and a number of arrests made. - Credit: Archant

Over the Bank Holiday weekend three cannabis factories were uncoveredNew Hall Lane, Cambourne - 71

Over the Bank Holiday weekend three cannabis factories were uncoveredNew Hall Lane, Cambourne - 71 plants Hardwick - 580 plants with a value of up to £487k.ppletrees, Bar Hill - 74 plants - Credit: Archant

Over the Bank Holiday weekend three cannabis factories were uncoveredNew Hall Lane, Cambourne - 71

Over the Bank Holiday weekend three cannabis factories were uncoveredNew Hall Lane, Cambourne - 71 plants Hardwick - 580 plants with a value of up to £487k.ppletrees, Bar Hill - 74 plants - Credit: Archant

On May 26 the Huntingdon neighbourhood team were executing a section 23 misuse of drugs warrant in

On May 26 the Huntingdon neighbourhood team were executing a section 23 misuse of drugs warrant in Essex Road. A man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and possession with intent to supply drugs. - Credit: Archant

On May 26 the Huntingdon neighbourhood team were executing a section 23 misuse of drugs warrant in

On May 26 the Huntingdon neighbourhood team were executing a section 23 misuse of drugs warrant in Essex Road. A man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and possession with intent to supply drugs. - Credit: Archant

On May 26 the Huntingdon neighbourhood team were executing a section 23 misuse of drugs warrant in

On May 26 the Huntingdon neighbourhood team were executing a section 23 misuse of drugs warrant in Essex Road. A man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and possession with intent to supply drugs. - Credit: Archant

Some of the drugs found by Peterborough police following five raids across the city earlier this mon

Some of the drugs found by Peterborough police following five raids across the city earlier this month. 700 cannabis plants were seized in total with street value of nearly £600,000. - Credit: Archant

Some of the drugs found by Peterborough police following five raids across the city earlier this mon

Some of the drugs found by Peterborough police following five raids across the city earlier this month. 700 cannabis plants were seized in total with street value of nearly £600,000. - Credit: Archant

Some of the drugs found by Peterborough police following five raids across the city earlier this mon

Some of the drugs found by Peterborough police following five raids across the city earlier this month. 700 cannabis plants were seized in total with street value of nearly £600,000. - Credit: Archant

Some of the drugs found by Peterborough police following five raids across the city earlier this mon

Some of the drugs found by Peterborough police following five raids across the city earlier this month. 700 cannabis plants were seized in total with street value of nearly £600,000. - Credit: Archant

On May 21 officers from the East Cambs neighbourhood team executed a section 23 misuse of drugs warr

On May 21 officers from the East Cambs neighbourhood team executed a section 23 misuse of drugs warrant at a property in The Hamlet, Chettisham.Weapons, some cannabis, around £14,000 in cash and other property was seized and a crime has been raised for money laundering. - Credit: Archant

On May 21 officers from the East Cambs neighbourhood team executed a section 23 misuse of drugs warr

On May 21 officers from the East Cambs neighbourhood team executed a section 23 misuse of drugs warrant at a property in The Hamlet, Chettisham.Weapons, some cannabis, around £14,000 in cash and other property was seized and a crime has been raised for money laundering. - Credit: Archant

On May 21 officers from the East Cambs neighbourhood team executed a section 23 misuse of drugs warr

On May 21 officers from the East Cambs neighbourhood team executed a section 23 misuse of drugs warrant at a property in The Hamlet, Chettisham.Weapons, some cannabis, around £14,000 in cash and other property was seized and a crime has been raised for money laundering. - Credit: Archant

On May 21 officers from the East Cambs neighbourhood team executed a section 23 misuse of drugs warr

On May 21 officers from the East Cambs neighbourhood team executed a section 23 misuse of drugs warrant at a property in The Hamlet, Chettisham.Weapons, some cannabis, around £14,000 in cash and other property was seized and a crime has been raised for money laundering. - Credit: Archant

On May 18 East Cambs Neighbourhood Team executed a warrant under section 23 of the misuse of drugs a

On May 18 East Cambs Neighbourhood Team executed a warrant under section 23 of the misuse of drugs act at an address in High Barns, Ely.No drugs were found but drug paraphernalia and a knuckleduster were surrendere - Credit: Archant

Cambs Police have arrested 100 people for the production or supply of drugs over the past eight week

Cambs Police have arrested 100 people for the production or supply of drugs over the past eight weeks during the coronavirus lockdown. IMAGE: Cambs Police - Credit: Cambs Police

‘Talk about the wow factor – when I said pretty big, I didn’t realise it was this big’ the words of

‘Talk about the wow factor – when I said pretty big, I didn’t realise it was this big’ the words of a Cambridgeshire police officer following a drugs raid in the county today. Picture; CAMBS COPS TWITTER - Credit: Archant

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