March cannabis factory one of three raided by police
Three cannabis factories housing drugs worth up to £725,000 have been discovered in the space of 24 hours, including one in March.
The Neighbourhood Support Team (NST) carried out warrants in March and Orton Goldhay on Monday morning and four people were arrested.
Bluebell Way in March was the second location on the team’s agenda yesterday, and they uncovered a cannabis factory concealed within the loft space, containing 108 cannabis plants worth up to £103,600. Searches of the property also uncovered more than £100,000 in cash.
Two men aged 29 and 45, and a 22-year-old woman, all from Fenland, were arrested on suspicion of being involved in the production of cannabis and money laundering. They have since been released from custody pending further investigation.
The first address to be visited was in Bringhurst, Orton Goldhay, where the team discovered 203 cannabis plants worth up to £170,500.
Ardit Cerriku, 29, of Bringhurst, was arrested and charged with being involved in the production of cannabis. He was remanded to appear at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Tuesday) where he pleaded guilty and has been further remanded to be sentenced on a date which is yet to be set.
The team then carried out their third warrant in the 24-hour period in Mountsteven Avenue, Werrington, yesterday morning (Tuesday).
A total of 537 cannabis plants worth up to £451,000 were seized, along with a Mercedes and an Audi under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Two men, 26-year-old Aleksander Keci of Lincoln Road, Peterborough, and 27-year-old Agostin Malgjoni, of Mountsteven Avenue, were arrested and have both been charged with being involved in the production of cannabis.
They have been remanded to appear at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court today (Wednesday).
Sergeant Jason Hancock said: “These warrants were carried out as part of my team’s work to target organised criminal activity within the county.
“In the space of 24 hours we managed to remove almost three-quarters of a million pounds worth of drugs from our communities, as well as suspected proceeds from this criminal activity including a significant amount of cash and two high-value vehicles.
“Our work to tackle organised crime groups will not stop – any information passed on to us from our communities helps to form part of the bigger picture, therefore I would urge anyone who has suspicions about drug dealing or production to pass it on to us.”
Information about drug dealing and production can be found on the force website here: bit.ly/39Nyz6y, along with options to report information.