A MAN was arrested in Sheepbridge after police using a helicopter-mounted infra-red camera spotted a suspicious heat signal coming from his house.
At 8.35am on Wednesday, January 5, police executed a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act at the address on Bell Vue Crescent in Sheepridge - hours after spotting the hot spot.
Once inside, the officers found and seized 12 cannabis plants and hydroponics equipment in an upstairs bedroom. The 48-year old man from the address was also arrested on suspicion of possessing cannabis and taken to Huddersfield police station for questioning.
He was later charged with possession of cannabis and will appear before Huddersfield magistrates later this month.
Sgt Gareth Crossley of the Huddersfield North NPT, who arrested the man, said: "This positive action in taking drugs out of the community was down in no small part to the work of the police helicopter and its crew.
"'X-Ray 99' was able to use it's infra-red camera to pick out the heat signature coming from the suspect's house, which made it stick out like a sore thumb compared to other houses in the area. That gave us the information we needed to secure the warrant and make the arrest."
"We don't want drugs anywhere in Huddersfield or it's surrounding communities and I hope that this result will show people that we are always looking out for suspected drug users and dealers and, where appropriate, will take firm action and use our full resources to tackle them."