HUNDREDS of cannabis plants have been seized after police raided two homes in Southampton.
Officers rushed to a house in Heysham Road to discover around 350 plants. A search of the neighboring property revealed another 450 plants.
Ba Le Nguyen, 45, of no fixed address, has since been indicted in connection with the factory found in the early hours of Thursday morning.
He is charged with cultivating a class B drug – cannabis – and was remanded to Southampton Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
Police officers remained at the scene Friday afternoon, with residents saying the street is generally quiet.
A resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was shocked by the police presence.
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He said: “I saw the police chasing someone.
“The cars have been there for two days now.
“It’s usually a quiet street, but I don’t know what’s going on.”
Another resident said: “It’s a cannabis factory there. I heard the police breaking down and slamming doors.”
A witness described seeing police armed with a Taser during the raid.
The city council’s new leader, Labor councilor Satvir Kaur, also expressed concern.
She said: “People deserve to feel safe in their homes, on their streets and in our neighborhoods.”
She believes the county’s lack of police officers has led to an increase in anti-social activity.
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Cllr Kaur added: “Hampshire has lost 700 police in recent years and it is clear that this is having an impact. As a labor council we will continue to push for more police resources in the city as we believe that Southampton are currently not getting their fair share.”
To tackle illegal drugs, she says, the council will also set up a safer neighborhoods fund to help people feel safer where they live.
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