Large cannabis farm discovered in cafe drugs raid

Waywest Cafe, West Park Drive (just of the A1), Darrington, West Yorkshire.'The cafe was the front for a massive cannabis farm operation.'p7362a151
Waywest Cafe, West Park Drive (just of the A1), Darrington, West Yorkshire.'The cafe was the front for a massive cannabis farm operation.'p7362a151
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A MAN has been arrested and charged after a large cannabis farm was discovered during a drugs raid in Darrington.

Officers from Pontefract and Castleford neighbourhood policing team (NPT) swooped on the Waywest Cafe in Westpark Drive last Wednesday and found 60 to 80 plants at varying stages of growth.

The plants – which were found in a derelict building attached to the cafe – were housed over two floors.

Insp Richard Sullivan praised the community for their help in tracking down the farm, which led to the arrest of a 57-year-old man who has been charged with production of cannabis.

Insp Sullivan said: “This discovery was a result of information received from the community.

“My team acted positively with regards to the information received and as a result, cannabis was found.

“We will always take action against people who have been dealing or using drugs or living beyond their means.”

Officers were alerted to the farm after members of the community reported a “smell of cannabis” from the premises.

The plants – which were being cultivated in eight growing tents over five rooms – were destroyed by officers.