Traffic offence leads to £10k cannabis plants find in Crawley

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Police officers who stopped a car in Crawley over a minor traffic offence found themselves on the trail of cannabis plants worth as much as £10,000.

Sussex Police said the road policing officers stopped the car in Pelham Place, Broadfield, on Monday morning (April 20) because the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.

In the car they found a small quantity of cannabis plants.

A police spokesman said: “In subsequent searches of a business unit in Newdigate Road, Rusper, and a residential address in Caburn Heights, Southgate, they also found cannabis plants with a total estimated potential street value of some £8,000 to £10,000.”

The driver, a 29-year old man, from Crawley, and his passenger, a 30-year old woman, also from Crawley, were arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis.

They were later released on police bail until July 23 while enquiries continue.