In a significant police operation, thousands of cannabis plants valued at over £2 million were confiscated in Liversedge. The Batley and Spen Neighbourhood Policing Team is currently conducting ongoing investigations following the discovery of this large-scale haul at a former commercial premises on Hare Park Lane.
On Wednesday, September 13, NPT officers executed a warrant at the location, uncovering around 4,000 cannabis plants housed in two extensive warehouses. At the site, five men were apprehended on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to supply. They are currently in custody for questioning.
Efforts have been underway at the premises to retrieve the plants, secure evidentiary materials, and conduct forensic examinations. The estimated value of the plants is believed to exceed £2.2 million.
Inspector Vanessa Briggs of Kirklees District Police, said: “This has clearly been a very substantial seizure of cannabis and we are continuing our investigations today.
“Cannabis production and dealing generates cash which goes straight to organised crime, helping only fuel more criminal activity which brings misery to our communities.
“I want to thank residents across the Batley and Spen area who keep contacting us with information about both suspected drugs production and crime in our communities generally.
“Every piece of information is reviewed, assessed and where possible developed for investigation.”
Individuals with information about drug-related crimes in Kirklees can contact Kirklees Police at 101 or use the online reporting platform at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers charity at 0800 555 111.