POLICE have uncovered a massive cannabis factory in Huddersfield after reacting quickly to tip-offs.
Officers swooped on the terraced house on Clare Hill close to Huddersfield town centre at 10.45am yesterday morning and found a huge cannabis cultivation operation going on inside.
Hydroponic equipment had been set up on every floor of the three-storey rented house with 400 cannabis plants with a street value of £120,000 growing inside.
The house had been rented to a Chinese man, but no-one was in when the police arrived.
Sgt John McFadzean, of Huddersfield South Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “There was evidence that someone had been living in the attic in very basic conditions, probably just to look after the plants.
“It was full hydroponic set-up powered by a highly overloaded electrical system.’’
The electricity meter had been bypassed and electricians were immediately called in to make the home safe.
Police scenes of crime officers then gathered evidence before the plants were destroyed and the hydroponic system dismantled.
Sgt McFadzean added: “We reacted swiftly after information suddenly started to come in, but it seems this operation has been going for some time. There were mature plants in old soil.’’
The find comes just over a week after police and immigration officials raided the Golden Star Chinese restaurant at the junction of Northgate and Lower Fitzwilliam Street.
They arrested a 32-year-old woman, a 17-year-old youth and a 45-year-old man on suspicion of immigration offences.
But they also discovered a cannabis-growing operation and arrested a 24-year-old woman and two men aged 35 and 44 on suspicion of cultivating cannabis.
All six were later released on police bail until late November.
It is understood 200 cannabis plants worth £60,000 were being grown upstairs at the detached building.
There has been a spate of major cannabis cultivation arrests across the Huddersfield area this year.
Many have had connections with people from Vietnam.
The biggest haul was in Wasp Nest Road, Fartown, in June when police who had gone to a house as part of another investigation found 1,000 cannabis plants with a street value of £300,000 in the empty property.
Massive cannabis-growing operations have also been uncovered on St Peter’s Street in Huddersfield town centre and at Denby Dale. Both involved plants worth £250,000.
Anyone with information about cannabis cultivation should ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.