£350k worth of cannabis found growing in village social club in Maesteg Police discovered more than 500 cannabis plants

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/350k-worth-cannabis-found-growing-16033154

 

A drugs raid at a village social club revealed more than 500 cannabis plants, worth £350,000, growing inside.

They were found at Caerau Progressive Club and Institute, in Caerau, near Maesteg, on Monday, March 25.

The plants were seized and destroyed by officers from South Wales Police .

Police went there on a warrant as part of a joint operation between the Maesteg neighbourhood policing team and the organised crime unit.

 
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More than 500 cannabis plants were found growing inside the social club(Image: South Wales Police)

 
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Another view of the plants (Image: South Wales Police)

 
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Two men were arrested and charged in connection with the two-day operation (Image: South Wales Police)

 

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Local Policing Inspector for Maesteg, Mark Simmonds, said: “This was a joint operation between the neighbourhood policing team and officers from the organised crime unit. We will continue to take robust action to tackle the supply and distribution of illicit drugs across Bridgend.

 

“I would like to say thank-you to our communities who provide information to us and would urge you to keep telling us about your concerns so that we can act upon them.

“If you have any information you can report it to us on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

 
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Caerau Progressive Club and Institute (Image: Google)

 
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Two policing teams came together to execute the warrant (Image: South Wales Police)

Two men were arrested and charged in connection with the discovery. Both appeared at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court on March 27.

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Geoffrey Watson, aged 42, who lives at the Caerau Progressive Club and Institute premises in Caerau Road, Caerau, was charged with producing a controlled drug of class B – cannabis, and failing to comply with a section 49 notice to disclose the key protected information.

Paul Joy, aged 45, from Cock Close Road in Yaxley, Peterborough, was charged with production of a controlled drug of class B – cannabis and acquiring/using/possessing criminal property.

They were remanded in custody until their next court appearance on April 23.

 
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(Image: South Wales Police)

Sgt Beynon, who was part of the team who found the massive factory, said: “We have executed a drugs warrant where approximately £350,000 of cannabis has been seized and destroyed.

“Two persons in custody after two days hard work by the team.

 

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