Police have raided three homes around Salford and found more than 300 hundred cannabis plants.

Just before 8am on Wednesday, June 2, warrants were carried out on three separate addresses as part of the Naseby Operation which aims to disrupt organised crimes throughout the city. 

 The raids took place at one home on Orrell Street and two properties on Wythburn Street. 

Orrell Street. Copyright: Google Images
Two properties were raided on Wythburn Street. Copyright: Google Images

At the scene, two large scale cannabis farms were discovered by the police and more then 250 cannabis plants were seized.  

Police Constable John Prendergast said: “This is an excellent result, and by removing drugs from our streets, it’ll have a significant impact on the scourge of organised crime in Salford. “ 

The third raid that took place at a separate address on Wythburn street resulted in a further 99 cannabis plants being discovered.  

A 23-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion on production of cannabis and abstracting electricity. He remains in custody.  

PC Prendergast added: “Our officers work around the clock daily to keep combatting criminal groups operating within our city, and we are committed to maintaining this level of action.” 

Operation Naseby was launched back in April 2020 after more than 20 shootings occurred in Salford in a 12-month-period.  

Since the launch, the investigation has been hailed a huge success, seeing firearm discharges fall by more than 50%. 

The Naseby team have also supported 179 arrests, 180 vehicle seizures and recovered over £500,000’s worth of drugs,

Detective Chief Inspector Rick Thompson, head of proactive Salford CID, said: “A year on from the start of the Operation Naseby disruption hub we can see the positive impact that the relentless work from our dedicated team has had on the streets of Salford.

“When the hub began, this was a project planned to last six weeks to try and disrupt the sequence of incidents that we were seeing, but as time has gone on this has grown into a vital tool in our overarching effort to tackle organised crime in the city.”

PC Prendergast continued: “Officers do often rely on intelligence given to us in confidence from  members of the public, so if you see anything suspicious, contact the police directly via LiveChat on our website www.gmp.police.uk or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”


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