WEST Merica Police has seen almost a 200 per cent rise in cannabis plant seizures over the last year, making it the highest force area in the Midlands for that crime.
From 2013 to 2014, 5035 plants were confiscated by officers, up 195 per cent on the 1709 from 2012 to 2013.
Det Ch Insp Ally Wright said it showed the force was committed to tackling illegal drug use which had a devastatingly negative impact on local communities.
“It is our priority to protect people from harm and bring offenders to justice and tackling illegal drug use significantly helps us to achieve this.
“We are currently more than ever adopting a partnership approach to addressing the issue of drugs within our communities, by working closely with local authorities, schools, education and the health service, who all play a significant role in our efforts to reduce drug use.”
Overall, across the UK, 450,000 cannabis plants were seized, many from organised ‘cannabis farms’ where criminals grow and maintain large quantities of the plant, hiding them in cellars or in attics.
Anyone who suspects cannabis is being grown should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Those worried about drug use can get more information at www.talktofrank.com or contact FRANK by calling 0300 123 6600.