Recovering addicts near Cambridge have been given a fertile boost by police after a £6 million “industrial-scale” cannabis factory in Soham.
The huge operation was uncovered in a derelict industrial unit in Regal Drive on Wednesday when they noticed a strong smell of cannabis.
Officers forced entry and came across approximately 7,000 growing plants, as well as 400 drying plants and 5,000 root balls - and a shed load of fertilizer - which has now been given to Emmaus, a charity supporting the homeless.
A police spokesman said: “We have given several hundred bags of compost to Emmaus Cambridge – a charity that supports formerly homeless people by giving them a place to live and work, many of whom have previously experienced problems with drugs and alcohol. We offered them the compost seized from the factory in Soham.”
Diane Docherty, Emmaus Cambridge director, said: “We received a call from local police telling us that they had raided a cannabis farm in Soham and had discovered hundreds of bags of unused, good quality compost, which had obviously been purchased to nourish the plants.
“They asked us if we would like it, as they were going to have to dispose of it. We jumped at the chance, as we have large grounds where we are starting to grow more of our own food, here at our community in Landbeach.
“This scenario demonstrates perfectly the excellent links that we enjoy with Cambridgeshire Constabulary. They have stopped this factory in its tracks, and at Emmaus Cambridge we often support former drug users by giving them a place to live and work as they recover.”
Emmaus Cambridge gives 29 formerly homeless people a place to call home, and work in the community’s large scale charity shops and café.