CANNABIS plants which could have made tens of thousands of pounds for South Tyneside drug dealers were found in a loft.
Police raided a block of flats in Green Lane, South Shields, yesterday morning after a tip-off from a residents nearby.
They found between 55 and 60 plants in the communal loft space above the flats at about 10.20am and spent hours dismantling it.
The bumper crop contained plants of various sizes meaning it is hard for officers to put a value on it, but had they all reached full size they could be worth tens of thousands of pounds.
Equipment for growing the Class B drug was also seized.
And because it was wired into the mains, a specialist electrical team were called to help safely remove the equipment.
A police spokesman said: “At 10.20am yesterday we were informed of a cannabis farm had been discovered in a black of flats in Green Lane.
“Between 55 and 60 plants were found in a communal loft area as well as equipment to grow the drug.
“We’d urge anyone with information to contact us.”
Labour councillor for West Park Joyce Welsh lives in the next block and saw the plants being removed.
She said: “Resi dents have long suspected there was a drug farm in the building and we have been in touch with police about it over the last few months.
“Today our suspicions were confirmed.
“I hope the people responsible now are brought to justice.”
Anyone with any information about the cannabis farm should call Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191.