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Second large-scale illegal drugs factory discovered

Yesterday we reported how police had discovered a 'large scale' illegal drugs factory in Cheltenham - now it is the turn of Gloucester to tarnish its name.

Police were called to a premises in Llanthony Road, Gloucester - which runs through one of the industrial heartlands of the inner city - where officers made the discovery.

The call came in shortly after 8.45pm on Tuesday (February 5) from the fire service, which was tackling a blaze at the building.

"Upon attendance we discovered an industrial size cannabis grow within the premises and 355 plants were found across two floors of the building," said a statement from Gloucestershire Constabulary.

The drugs are believed to have a possible street value of up to £300,000.

Yesterday we reported how the Force Crime Operations team discovered a similar operation in New Street, Cheltenham.

Neil Smith, detective chief inspector, said: "In the last week the serious and organised crime team have discovered a significant amount of cannabis grows within the county.

"I believe that these discoveries will have a significant impact on all of our communities as these factories generate money that is pumped into the purchase of Class A drugs like cocaine, sexual exploitation, human trafficking and also the purchase of firearms.

"We have seized over £1 million worth of cannabis so far this year and we would ask anyone who suspects that drugs are being manufactured near them to let us know, you can do this by anonymously calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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