26 cannabis farms found during police campaign

Derbyshire police discovered 26 residential cannabis farms during a four-week campaign which also saw a spike in calls to Crimestoppers.

Weed It Out asked members of the public to be on the lookout for telltale signs of cannabis farms in their area, such as run-down properties where visitors appear at all times of day and night, and a sickly-sweet smell in the area.

Throughout the four-week campaign, 26 residential farms, where drug dealers grow cannabis in houses or flats before selling it on, were found and calls to Crimestoppers relating to cannabis cultivation in the county almost doubled from 11 in the month before the campaign to 21. Locals also reported their suspicions directly to police with the calls helping officers identify farms across the county - some of which were searched and resulted in arrests and seizures of cannabis plants and growing equipment.

In 2012, 203 cannabis farms were found in Derbyshire, containing a total of 11,522 plants.

Police have discovered 57 farms in the county so far in 2013.