Cannabis worth £3m seized in Essex Police raids
Crime / Fri 7th Jul 2023 at 12:40pm
CANNABIS valued at almost £3m has been seized in Essex as part of a crackdown on organised crime groups involved in the drug’s sale.
Operation Mille involved all 43 police forces in England and Wales, working with Regional Organised Crime Units and partner agencies.
In the month leading up to June, Essex Police carried out 34 warrants and arrested 51 people.
As well as the 6,500 cannabis plants, a number of firearms were also seized.
Det Ch Supt Lucy Morris, from Essex Police, said: “This operation has struck a significant blow to the organised sale of cannabis in Essex.
“The results seen here, and across the country, have caused significant disruption to these networks, not only by removing streams of illicit income, but also highlighting a pattern of exploitation and other dangerous criminal activity.”
Police involved in the nationwide operation have seized up to £130m worth of cannabis plants in total and arrested almost 1,000 people.
The value police put on drugs is way off and designed to grab headlines. It might be worth £3m if every single part of the plant was sold in single grams. These raids are pointless anyway, they might slow down production but it's so easy to get drugs it has no effect on the supply chain. It's time to start looking at decriminalisation and offering advice and support for users that want it. It's fine to smoke a box of fags and drink 10 pints every Friday but it's not ok to have a spliff (unless you get a prescription). This cat and mouse game wastes time, money and resources.
On the other hand, recreational marijuana legalisation..could lead to overuse and this might negatively impact mental wellbeing.
I wish the police would take notice, my neighbour smokes that shit morning noon and night, the street stinks! Reported so many times but nothing happens.