Drugs and cash seized in Teignbridge raid
THOUSANDS of pounds of cannabis, believed to be destined for the streets of Teignbridge, have been seized in a police drugs raid.
Officers swooped on a large detached house in Ideford Coombe, netting 1.5kg of resin, half a kilo of herbal matter, 14 plants and £11,500 in cash.
The total haul value has been estimated at around £25,000, and Inspector Ian Curson (pictured) has called the seizure a 'significant find' which 'will have a major impact on the availability of cannabis in the Teignbridge area'.
A team of police officers working under the auspices of Operation Crocodile, executed the Misuse of Drugs Act warrant.
Operation Crocodile is a dedicated intelligence-led unit working within Teignbridge and the South Hams.
In the last three months it has conducted 17 warrants, including those executed under the Misuse of Drugs Act and Theft Act, to detect, disrupt and prevent criminal activity.
They were joined by officers from the Tactical Aid Group, a drugs dog and handler, operational support units and scenes of crime officers.
The drugs dog found the resin and herbal matter, suspected to be cannabis, in a bedroom and outside shed.
Officers found the plants.
The money was found bundled up in a filing cabinet.
The cache has been sent for forensic analysis, a process carried out to confirm whether or not it is the Class B substance. The results are awaited.
Insp Curson, based at Newton Abbot police station, said: "This is part of our ongoing battle against drugs and other criminal activity. It has taken a link out of the chain.
"Operation Crocodile is a team of officers who act on and develop intelligence. In this case the intelligence was sufficient to allow us to draw a search warrant which proved positive.
"For us, intelligence is essential and I would encourage anyone with information to contact us, anonymously if they wish, with any information they may have regarding criminal activity.
"That piece may be the part of the picture which allows us to do something pro-active.
"With the support of the public we are a determined to detect and disrupt as much criminal activity as we can."
The raid took place on Friday, April 20.
A 44-year-old man was given a formal warning for possession of cannabis.
A 51-year-old woman and a 17-year-old youth were arrested on suspicion of possessing cannabis with intent to supply.
They were taken into custody, interviewed and bailed until July 11, pending further police inquiries.