Four cannabis farms shut down during Redbridge Police drugs raid

Four cannabis farms, 28 warrants and 18 arrests were all in a day’s work by Redbridge Police during a special operation against drug dealers.

Codenamed Operation Hawk, police started work at 6am on Wednesday of last week targeting street level drug dealing and cannabis farms.

The operation was based on information supplied by members of the community.

A 43-year-old man from Seven Kings and a 43-year-old woman from Wanstead were both arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis and possession with intent to supply.

They have been bailed and will return to Ilford Police Station, High Road, Ilford in May.

Det Sgt Naomi Edwards said: “This was not just an ad hoc day of action. We encourage residents to report suspected drug activity in their neighborhoods so that we can deal with the issues immediately. We want to make it stop”.

If you have information about anyone who may be dealing or growing cannabis you should call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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