Cannabis plants found after break-in
FIREFIGHTERS uncovered a cannabis factory after being called there to put out a blaze.
They made the discovery in Polsteads, Vange, after they were called in by police who were investigating a suspected burglary.
They stopped a car, which had been reported as suspicious, but while talking to the driver they noticed smoke billowing out from the window of the house.
Firefighters attended and discovered the property, which is privately rented, was being used to farm the Class B drug cannabis.
It is thought an intruder may have disturbed some of the powerful electronic equipment, which is used to help grow the plant, and caused the fire.
The house had a sophisticated set-up which saw the upstairs filled with hydroponic lamps and watering systems.
The discovery comes just days after police unearthed another cannabis factory in nearby Hereford Walk, on Basildon’s Craylands estate.
Officers found more than 100 cannabis plants worth between £30,000 and £50,000.
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