Police investigating a potential burglary uncovered a cannabis set-up spanning Barry, Dinas Powys and Aberdare.
After responding to concerns about a property on Main Street, Barry, on November 27th, officers from Barry’s Policing Priority Team discovered a large amount of cannabis and documents linking two people to another address in Aberdare.
Acting on the intelligence found, a search warrant was subsequently executed at Griffith Street, Aberdare, where a large growing tent containing 32 cannabis plants and associated hydroponic equipment was discovered in one of the bedrooms.
The plants – which have an estimated value of up to £35,000– were seized along with other evidence and documentation further linking the existing two suspects to the crime.
A second warrant was then executed that day day under the Misuse of Drugs Act at an address in Caernarfon Close, Dinas Powys.
A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of money laundering and the production of cannabis, after officers seized more cannabis, mobile phones and around £18,000 in cash.
Christmas presents, a BMW and three motorcycles were also seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
A 28-year-old man from Barry was also arrested for the same matters on December 11th.
Both men have been bailed until March, pending further enquiries.
Detective Sergeant Julian Kerslake said: “Cases such as this demonstrate how important information from the public can be.
“Thanks to the initial report by a concerned member of the public, our officers discovered evidence of drug use which they were able to link to a much larger operation.
“The cannabis being grown at the addresses was most likely destined for the streets of South Wales and the committed work by our officers, along with the support of the public, has prevented this from happening.
“We would urge anyone with any information relating to illegal drug activity to report it to us because we do act upon it intelligence from the public.”
Anyone with information should call 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.