Police found four suspected cannabis factories during raids on properties in Aylesbury on Wednesday 27th November 2019.
Over 200 officers from Thames Valley Police executed eleven warrants across the Thames Valley region to target an organised criminal gang who they believe were growing cannabis and also supplying it in the Thames Valley.
During the raids six properties were targeted in Aylesbury and five people were arrested. Four warrants were executed in Reading as well as one in Wantage, Oxfordshire.
As part of the operation police have been looking to safeguard any vulnerable people who might have been the victim of modern slavery type offences.
Detective Inspector Richard Jarvis, said: ‘Thames Valley Police is committed through its Stronghold campaign to tackle serious organised crime and exploitation by working with our partners.
Today we have executed a number of warrants in order to tackle a potential criminal network who we believe have been using vulnerable people to grow and distribute cannabis in the Thames Valley.
As such we have carried out a number of warrants in order to arrest those who we believe are responsible and also safeguard any vulnerable people.
We have worked with our partners at Reading Borough Council and the National Crime Agency (NCA) to make sure that anyone who has been exploited is supported.
Thames Valley Police will continue to target those who seek to cultivate and sell drugs for their own gain.
This has been a complex investigation and we would like to thank the public for the intelligence they have provided. Only with this information can we continue to build up information and carry out operations like the one today.
We would ask the public if they have information please report to 101 or if they wish to report 100% anonymously they can do so by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.‘
*Source of article : Thames Valley Police ‘latest news’.