Community intelligence leads to cannabis bust

Date published: 18 June 2020 15:51
Dated: 18 June 2020 16:08:32

Officers from the Barnsley CID Tasking Team and the Barnsley South East Neighbourhood Policing Team have executed three warrants across Barnsley following community intelligence into cannabis cultivation.

Yesterday (17 June) the Barnsley SE NHP Team conduced a warrant at a property on Station Road in Hoyland. After forcing entry through the door, officers located 143 cannabis plants. Meanwhile, the Barnsley CID Tasking Team simultaneously conducted a further two warrants at properties on Conway Street in Stairfoot and Eldon Street North.

Officers located a further 367 plants from Conway Street and 53 plants from Eldon Street North.

Detective Inspector Woodward said “As a police force we see the impact that cannabis has on our cities and towns. The money gained from cannabis often goes on to fuel serious and organised crime across the country and your intelligence helps us to take action against those in your communities who pose a risk. Please continue to report information via the SYP website or 101.”

28 year-old Besnik Kryeziu was arrested on suspicion of cannabis cultivation at the property on Station Road. He has since been charged and will appear before Sheffield Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (19 June).

We continue to urge you to spot the signs of drug activity in your area. Signs that a property is being used for growing cannabis can include

  • Heavy smell of cannabis
  • Windows blacked out
  • Excessive condensation on windows
  • Letterbox blocked
  • Heavy use of anti-odour devices
  • Visitors at unusual hours; only staying for a short period of time
  • Signs property not being lived in – bins not being put out, garden not maintained
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