TWo men were due to appear in court today after a cannabis farm was found by police in South Tyneside.
Officers on patrol in Beaufront Terrace, South Shields, raised the alarm after becoming suspicious, and a search on Sunday evening found a significant number of plants.
Two men, aged 33 and 28, were arrested.
They are due to appear before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court today, charged with producing a controlled drug after the find on Sunday.
Neighbourhood Inspector Peter Sutton said: “This discovery has prevented a large amount of cannabis from reaching the streets of South Tyneside.
“Northumbria Police is committed to disrupting the illegal supply of drugs, and reducing drug-related crime.
“However, we do rely heavily on information coming from the public, and we urge anyone who has any concerns of drug use to contact us – no matter how insignificant you think that information might be.”
Insp Sutton added that police are continuing to work with other agencies and where information on drug use is highlighted, appropriate action is being taken.
He said: “A number of premises in the past where cannabis plants have been discovered have been privately rented.
“We would encourage landlords to make regular checks of their properties, to ensure it isn’t being used for criminal activity.”
People with concerns about drug supply or use in their area can contact police on 101, ext 69191.