A 39-YEAR-OLD woman has been arrested after hundreds of cannabis plants were uncovered in a raid by police on a house in Sheldon.
A haul of 500 plants were seized from the property, which police said was being used as a cannabis-growing factory.
A woman was arrested on suspicion of cultivating the Class B drug and she was put on bail pending further enquiries.
The street value for a similar number usually exceeds a three-figure sum.
The haul was found by officers from Stechford police station who burst into the house on Goldthorne Avenue at around 9am on Sunday morning.
Neighbours were shocked to hear about the findings after seeing three police cars swoop on the house.
One long-time resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said she had never spoken to the tenants.
She said: “The house has had a number of tenants recently, although there never seems to be anyone in.
“I have noticed people popping backwards and forwards at strange times, and the lights are on at unusual hours.”
The sheer number of plants would have taken up a large area of the house, but the nearby neighbour said that the house looked like ‘‘any other on the avenue’’.
And she added: “None of the neighbours knew about this.
“If there is a cannabis factory here, then there must be more out there. People should be aware.”
Tell-tale signs of cannabis factories include properties which permanently have their windows covered, vents protruding through a roof or a rear window, pungent smells coming from premises and noise coming from equipment such as cooling fans.
Anyone with information should call Stechford police station on 0845 113 5000.