POLICE seized around 160 cannabis plants during a raid at a flat in Kidderminster.

Officers from Kidderminster Safer Neighbourhood Team executed a drugs warrant at a property in Audley Drive on Monday morning (June 22).

The raid was in response to several reports from members of the local community regarding a suspicious smell coming from the flats.

Once inside, officers discovered around 160 plants of varying stages of growth. The flats had been converted to form large cultivation rooms.

Kidderminster Shuttle: Neighbours had complained of a suspicious smell coming from the flatsNeighbours had complained of a suspicious smell coming from the flats

Flogert Canaj, aged 30 and from Albania, was arrested and charged for cannabis production and was remanded to appear in court.

PC Derya Mustafa, who organised and led the operation, said: “When speaking with some of the local residents they were very happy that we had taken action as they had reported suspicious activity to us and concerns over the smell from the property.

"They were extremely pleased with the result of the operation and that we were working to keep them and their families safe.”

“I would like to reassure our community that when they speak, we listen. Drug use and the cultivation of drugs harm so many people and often our vulnerable and young people are caught up in the culture of use and distribution.

Inspector Dave King said: “Kidderminster is a safe place to live and work but we know threats and risks exist from serious and organised crime.

"Therefore we are committed to raising awareness and doing everything possible to prevent people becoming victims.

"We will continue to remain committed to tackling organised criminal activity and all other forms of crime in Kidderminster, keeping this a safe and pleasant place for our communities.”

Suspected drug dealing or selling can be reported to West Mercia Police on 101, or by calling Crimestoppers on anonymously on 0800 555111.