HUNDREDS of cannabis plants have been discovered at two drugs factories in Huddersfield.
Police spent much of yesterday removing 300 cannabis plants, which were found in a detached house on Bradford Road, Fixby, the previous evening.
Days earlier, last Friday, 400 cannabis plants were found at a house on Blackhouse Road in Fartown.
Both hauls were found after police responded to reports of burglaries.
Along with the plants they found hydroponic equipment used to accelerate growth.
The value of the drugs found is still being calculated – but one mature plant alone is worth £250.
The Neighbourhood Policing Team’s Insp Nick Harvey was involved with the Fixby operation. He said: “This is an excellent seizure and it will have disrupted the distribution of drugs in the district.”
The discovery was made when a resident of Bradford Road called the police after seeing people trying to break into the house.
They had fled in a car by the time police arrived.
On entering the house the officers discovered the cannabisfactory. Police removed the plants, which will be destroyed after being examined.
Inquiries are being carried out to find the people who fled and those responsible for the factory.
Insp Harvey said: “This seizure is down to members of the public reporting suspicious activity.”
The discovery is the 12th cannabis haul in Huddersfield this year. Up until May five drugs factories had been uncovered.
The biggest haul of the year came in June in Wasp Nest Road, Fartown. Police visiting an empty house as part of another investigation found 1,000 cannabis plants with a street value of £300,000.
Also in June, 200 plants worth £60,000 were discovered during an operation at a house at Bank Gate in Slaithwaite.
In September 400 cannabis plants worth £120,000 were found at a house on Clare Hill, just outside Huddersfield town centre, with hydroponic equipment on every floor.
Earlier that month police and immigration officials raided the Golden Star Chinese restaurant on Northgate, Huddersfield.
A cannabis growing operation was discovered there.
In October a dog walker found a pile of cannabis plants on Haughs Road in Quarmby.
On November 6 police raided a house in Sheepridge and found a handgun, dozens of rounds of ammunition and drugs.
On November 15 cannabis was found, along with a sawn-off shotgun and electric stun-gun, in a raid on a home in Sheepridge following tip-offs.
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 the factory is asked to ring CID on 01484 436685. People with information about drugs in their area can contact Dob in a Dealer by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.