Two in court after cannabis factory raided

IPSWICH: A man and a 16-year-old boy were due to appear in court today after police discovered a cannabis factory in the town.

Officers raided a mid-terraced house in Gladstone Road, off Foxhall Road, and are believed to have found nearly 600 plants of the Class B drug.

After entering the premises police discovered it had been converted into a factory to cultivate the plants.

Hydroponic and specialist lighting equipment had been set up to help the process.

Plants were found in the dining room, which is situated in the middle of the ground floor between two other rooms.

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All three bedrooms in the house are said to have had plants growing in them.

The loft is also believed to have been converted in order for the drug to be able to be cultivated in it.

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It is not known how many of the plants were mature or being grown as seedlings. However, the street value to those who were behind cultivation is likely to run into many thousands of pounds.

Police conducted a thorough search of the property during the raid, which took place just after midday last Friday.

Scenes of crime officers also conducted a forensic investigation at the house during the day.

Two people were subsequently arrested.

Viet Hoang, 34, and a 16-year-old boy were taken to Ipswich police station.

After being interviewed by detectives the pair were charged with production of cannabis.

They made their first appearance before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court in Ipswich on Saturday and were remanded in custody until their next appearance today.

n Has your family’s life been blighted by drugs? E-mail or write to Star Letters, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN

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