100 cannabis plants recovered from New Waltham house

Grimsby

22 May 2020

Approximately 100 cannabis plants have been removed from a property in New Waltham after officers spotted a man acting suspiciously in the area.

After gaining entry to the bungalow in Peaks Avenue yesterday (Thursday, 21 May) plants were found growing in five of the rooms.

A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of producing a controlled drug and cultivating cannabis and has been released under investigation, pending further enquiries.

The operation is the latest in a series of targeted strikes on large scale grows in northern Lincolnshire, led by Detective Inspector Tom Kelly.

Last week we shared the news that we had removed organised grows from disused business premises in Cleethorpe Road and two houses in Gilbey Road, recovering more than 300 plants, other class B drugs, cash and weapons.

Krzsztof Wladyslaw Hubar, 30, and Kamil Wojnarowicz, 28, both of Gilbey Road, Grimsby, were charged with production of drugs, possession of drugs with intent to supply and theft.

Shkelzen Gashi, 20, of Cleethorpe Road, Grimsby, was charged with production of drugs and the dishonest use of electricity.

Hubar, Wojnarowicz and Gashi were remanded in custody.

DI Kelly said: “Dismantling this latest cannabis factory further demonstrates how determined we are to stop this kind of offending in this area and protect the most vulnerable in our communities.

“There are a number of serious issues associated with large scale cannabis grows that go beyond the crime and antisocial behaviour that we see with drug-related crime.

“In many cases the growers illegally tamper with electricity supplies, increasing the risk of fire and putting others living and working in the area at risk.

“It’s also common for organised crime groups to exploit vulnerable people who are forced into Modern Day Slavery (MDS) or trafficked into the country to manage these grows.

“The people behind these operations have little or no regard for the wellbeing of the people they exploit or the communities that suffer as a result of their activities and this isn’t something we are prepared to tolerate.

“We will continue to proactively target these operations and welcome any information you have about this kind of activity in your area.”

If you have concerns about suspicious activity near you, speak to your local officer or call our non-emergency 101 line.

You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you’d rather not give your name.