A LOUNGE that had been converted into a drugs farm was discovered by Solihull Police during a raid in Chelmsley Wood.
Cannabis plants the ‘size of Christmas trees’ were found at the house in Stella Croft last week (Tuesday July 6) where 15 plants were recovered.
Some had grown to around five feet in height and four feet in width.
The house boasted a professional hydroponics set-up including lights, heaters, timers and an automatic irrigation system. The walls, floor and ceiling had all been covered with insulating sheets.
Chelmsley Wood Neighbourhood Police Sergeant Mark Cowl said: “These were the largest cannabis plants I’ve uncovered during my 12 years as a police officer; the lounge was like a forest.”
The raid followed tip-offs from the local community – and Sgt Cowl stressed the important role members of the public play in combating drug crime.
He added: “I’d encourage any members of the public who suspect a neighbour of cultivating cannabis to drop us a line; community intelligence is vital in our fight against drug dealing. Any information passed to us will be handled in confidence.”
Two men aged 37 and 22-years-old were arrested at the property on suspicion of cultivating cannabis and have been bailed until next month pending forensic analysis. The plants and equipment were seized and destroyed.
Solihull Police can be reached on 0345 113 5000 or alternatively reports of suspicious activity can be made through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.