Drugs haul worth £20k discovered in Eastbourne

The unit where the drugs were found
The unit where the drugs were found

A CANNABIS factory was uncovered by police during a raid in Eastbourne this week.

Drugs, said to have a street value of more than £20,000, were discovered in a lock-up unit at the Green Street Industrial Estate in Old Town, pictured right.

Officers raided the two-storey commercial warehouse, once used as stables, on Monday afternoon.

Around 200 plants were found in one part of the building and cannabis which had already been dried out ready for distribution was found in another.

Eye witness Ashley Hodge, who works next door at Motcombe Motors Ltd, said police officers smashed two doors at the lock-up before searching inside.

“They turned up here at about 4pm,” said 21-year-old Ashley. “They bashed the doors in and went inside.

“You could smell something funny once all the doors were open. Mind you, it’s been quite smelly here for weeks.

“We haven’t seen anybody coming or going.”

Police guarded the scene throughout the night and on Tuesday morning, a scene of crime officer began her investigation.

A police van also arrived at the scene and officers began dismantling the factory.

A police spokesperson said, “Officers, acting on intelligence, discovered approximately 300 plants, of which around 200 had been harvested and were in the drying out stage.

“The street value is estimated at around £20,000.”

Eastbourne CID’s Detective Inspector Paul Phelps said, “Thanks to information provided by local people, officers were able to enter the property under the Misuse of Drugs Act and discovered a substantial amount of cannabis on a first floor premises.

“Sussex Police will continue to investigate and act on all information about the cultivation and distribution of illegal drugs, which has a huge impact on all communities in the town.”