POLICE have smashed a cannabis farm thought to have a street value of £140,000.
Officers swooped on the address in Dene Terrace, South Shields.
After a search of the property, police found about 400 plants, heating and lighting equipment.
Yesterday, a skip was placed outside the house with officers going back and forth emptying the property of equipment and plants.
A 43-year-old man was arrested at the address after the raid, which happened at 7.16pm onMonday. He is in custody helping police with inquiries.
Acting Neighbourhood Inspector Nick Gjorven, said: “Officers acted on information they received and attended an address in Dean Terrace, South Shields.
“Following a search of the property, about 400 cannabis plants were discovered.
“This action has now prevented a quantity of drugs from reaching the streets of South Tyneside.”
The discovery of the cannabis plants comes within weeks of officers being alerted to a property in South Frederick Street, South Shields, after a blaze.
Inside, police found about 50 cannabis plants during a search of the premises in July.
In May, 80 cannabis plants were discovered in the loft of a property in Dean Road, South Shields, while in February what is believed to have be South Tyneside’s biggest cannabis farm, estimated to have a street value of £1m, was found by police.
The haul had been discovered in the former La Rossa Italian Restaurant, in Fowler Street, South Shields.
Acting Insp Gjorven added: “Information passed to us is always acted upon.
“I would encourage people who suspect there is drug-related activity in the area to contact police.
“All information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
Anyone who suspects drug activity happening in their area is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.