Tyne & Wear

Cannabis farm find in Sunderland leads to nine arrests

Cannabis farm. Photo: Northumbria Police
Image caption Around 500 plants were discovered at a house in Sunderland city centre

Nine people have been arrested in Sunderland on suspicion of being involved in a conspiracy to produce industrial amounts of cannabis.

About 500 plants were discovered during a search at a house on Otto Terrace, in the city centre, on Tuesday.

One growing cycle of the plants is believed to be worth about £150,000 and police say, if not discovered, the street value could have been much more.

Around £14,000 in cash was also seized at a house on Mount Road.

Those arrested are in their 20s and 30s and police say some of them will now be dealt with by the UK Border Agency.

In a separate operation 200 cannabis plants have been found in a flat in Ashington, Northumberland.

Growing equipment and bags of harvested cannabis were found at other addresses.

A 28-year-old Ashington man has been arrested.

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