Police raided cannabis farm

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More than 300 suspected cannabis plants worth around £100,000 were seized from a property in Markyate following intelligence gathering by officers from theHertfordshire Safer Neighbourhood Team and a local volunteer officer.

Police raided The Close on the evening of Tuesday, April 12 and found three rooms containing the plants and hydroponics equipment.

The warrant followed information from the public about the address. The Safer Neighbourhood Team’s PC Brian Evans and PCSO Rowen Sheppard, along with Special Sgt Richard Downs, then conducted further intelligence work.

This included using heat sensing equipment owned by Herts Fire & Rescue Service to establish that there was unusual activity going on inside the house.

Sgt Dave Perkins, from OSG, said: “This was an excellent operation that showed how members of the public can make a difference by reporting their concerns about an address. We need the public to be our eyes and ears and report any suspicions they have in order to help us stop the illegal cultivation of cannabis in Hertfordshire.

“It also shows that police will respond quickly to information received about criminal activity and act swiftly to tackle the issue.”

>Jalek Malicki, aged 51, of The Close, Markyate, was charged with cultivating cannabis. He appeared before St Albans Magistrates’ Court on April 13 and pleaded guilty. The hearing was adjourned for sentencing later this month.