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Three arrested over Gravesend cannabis factory

PUBLISHED: 17:24 22 June 2015 | UPDATED: 17:24 22 June 2015

A man has been arrested.

A man has been arrested.

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Multi-million-pound operation discovered last week

Three people have been arrested after a multi-million-pound drugs factory was discovered in Gravesend last week.

The mammoth cannabis-growing operation, which involved 1,600 plants, was discovered in Canal Basin on Wednesday.

Police then found thousands more plants at a nearby property the following day.

Specialist officers are still examining the scene – a process expected to take several days. The drugs are thought to be worth millions of pounds.

A 46-year-old man from Gravesend and a 49-year-old man from Maidstone have been arrested on suspicion of growing cannabis, and released on police bail until August 4 and October 20 respectively.

A 32-year-old woman from Essex has been arrested on suspicion of possessing cannabis with intent to supply and released on police bail until October 20.

Detective Inspector Kevin Downard said: “This is a hugely significant find. This operation is clearly linked to organised crime gangs.

“We are appealing to people to think back on whether they have seen anybody behaving suspiciously in the area. We would welcome any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, that may help.”

Anybody with information should call police on 101, quoting reference 17-0915, or Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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