Police seized 50 cannabis plants from an address in Bishop Auckland after following up on reports of suspicious activity.

An officer from the Bishop Auckland Neighbourhood Policing Team used a drill to disable a lock to the house in Salisbury Place, before entering and finding the cannabis farm this morning (Wednesday, August 16).

At the same time, a suspect who “seemed eager to leave” by the back door was detained.

The Northern Echo:

A Durham Police spokesperson said: “Officers from Bishop Auckland executed a magistrates’ warrant at an address in Salisbury Place this morning after receiving reports of suspicious activity at the address.

“One drilled lock later and officers seized around 50 cannabis plants from the address as well as a suspect who seemed eager to leave as officers detained him at the back door.

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“The electricity at the address had also been bypassed, making the property hazardous to neighbouring homes.”

A 20-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of trafficking in controlled drugs and dishonest use of electricity. He remains in custody where he is helping police with their inquiries.