A ‘FARM’ of 40 cannabis plants being cultivated in the bedroom wardrobe of a terrace house were uncovered by police during early morning drugs raids.
The operation resulted in seven men being arrested on drugs charges after the series of raids around Hyndburn.
They involved police teams entering and searching the suspected premises as part of Operation Nimrod, a Lancashire constabulary campaign to rid the streets of Class A drugs.
At one house on Bradshaw Street West, Accrington, police found more than 40 cannabis plants in the master bedroom wardrobe.
Other homes raided last week were Ribblesdale Avenue and Londsdale Street, both Accrington; Cranbrook Avenue, Oswald-twistle; Queen Street, Clayton-le-Moors; and Ranger Street, Accrington.
After the raids, Inspector Dave Mangan said: “Make no mistake, if you are engaged in the use or supply of illegal drugs you will be targeted and sooner or later you will be caught and may receive a conviction and possibly a prison sentence.
“We rely on communities to help us and I urge anyone with information about drug dealing in their neighbourhood to do something about it and tell the police.”
The warrants were issued after Class A drugs were offered to undercover officers.
Anthony Bradshaw, 18, of Scaitcliffe Street, Accrington was charged with three counts of supplying Class A drugs and offering to supply a Class A drug.
He pleaded guilty at Hyndburn Magistrates Court on Friday and was remanded in custody.
Robert Cochrane, 26, of Eagle Street, Accrington was charged with the production of cannabis and bailed.
He was scheduled to appear before Blackburn magistrates on Wednesday.
Shaun Holden, 23, of Lonsdale Street, Accrington was charged with being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs and will appear before Hyndburn magistrates in February,
An 18-year-old and 19-year-old both from Clayton-le Moors were bailed until Thursday pending further inquiriies.
A 17-year-old from Accrington was bailed until Tuesday 18 January 2008 pending further inquiries. And a 29-year-old from Accrington was released with no charge.
Police are urging anyone with information about drug dealing in their community to contact them on 0845 1 25 35 45 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.