Officers are searching for the tenants of an abandoned Sunderland home after they discovered a haul of Class B drugs thought to be worth an estimated £96,000 in the loft.
About 120 Cannabis plants, believed to be worth £800, each were seized from the house in Eden House Road, Sunderland, on Saturday after the property’s landlady contacted police in the hope of tracing the tenants who had stopped paying their rent.
When officers visited the address, alongside the property’s owner, they discovered the farm, which spanned the entire length and width of the loft.
It was later destroyed by a team of officers from Sunderland’s Neighbourhood Policing Team.
Neighbourhood beat manager, PC Alastair Stewart, who led the raid, said: “The public are so often our eyes and ears in the local community and this case proves no different.
“We cannot be on every street corner at the same time and so calls like this are vital to keeping our streets safe and building up intelligence.
“This was a pretty substantial find for us and shows we have a zero tolerance towards drug use in the Force area.
“I would encourage residents to continue reporting issues to us so we can have an accurate picture of what is happening and where we are making progress. If anyone has information about that might help us trace the owners of this farm, please contact us on 101 quoting log 541 27/10/18.”