The lie, the snitch and the wardrobe: Drugs police bust cannabis operation after finding secret doorway inside 6ft cupboard
10:43 GMT, 11 January 2013
14:58 GMT, 11 January 2013
Police discovered a secret doorway inside a 6ft wardrobe which led to a cannabis growing operation.
Officers stumbled on the hidden passage during a raid on Tuesday following a tip-off from suspicious neighbours.
The door led to a room in an outside garage stocked with paraphernalia to grow the class B drug.
Secret: The wardrobe (left) which hid a curtained doorway (right) leading to a room set up for growing cannabis. Officers stumbled on the secret door after being tipped off by suspicious neighbours
Seized: Police found 33 plants at the Norwich property during the drugs bust as well as the secret room behind a wardrobe where paraphernalia to grow cannabis had been stashed
Police had to crawl inside the 3ft high
by 2ft wide doorway, which was covered with a curtain, to get to the room
which they believe had been set up for the cultivation of drugs –
although no plants were found inside.
However, 33 cannabis plants were found inside the loft of the house.
A 37-year-old man has been arrested and cautioned following the drug bust.
Inspector Gary Brotherhood, of Norwich North safer neighbourhood team, said: 'Officers carried out this warrant acting on intelligence from the local community.
Busted: Paraphernalia used to grow cannabis was found in a secret room hidden by a wardrobe in Norwich during a police drugs bust on Tuesday. A 37-year-old man has been cautioned
'While only a small amount of cannabis was recovered, the action sends a clear message that illegal drug activity will not be tolerated and that information passed to police will be acted on.'
A fan, transformer, lighting equipment, extractor fan and plant fertiliser were also seized in the raid.
A report by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) revealed that the number of cannabis farms has more than doubled to 7,865 in the past four years. South Yorkshire appeared to be an unlikely epicentre of cannabis production.
The county recorded the most drugs factory busts per head of population in the UK – 64 farms for every 100,000 people, a total of 851 farms.
Only larger West Yorkshire recorded more cannabis farms, with 936.
In fact, this is one industry where Britain is showing every sign of cutting imports and increasing domestic production.
Once a major importer of cannabis, the UK now grows the majority of cannabis consumed across the nation, according to the ACPO.