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Cannabis find in Thanet after van stop by police in Capel-le-Ferne near Folkestone


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Three arrests have been made after a van stopped for a faulty light resulted in police finding a cannabis cultivation.

Officers pulled over the van in Capel-Le Ferne, having seen the rear light not working.

The van was stopped at Capel-le-Ferne. General view. Picture Steve Salter
The van was stopped at Capel-le-Ferne. General view. Picture Steve Salter

During their search of the van on Sunday afternoon, officers from the Folkestone Community Policing Team found bin bags containing cannabis bud.

Inquiries led police to a storage facility in Spitfire Way, Manston, where more than 100 cannabis plants were seized along with cultivation equipment.

A 46-year-old man from Broadstairs and two men from Margate, aged 51 and 59, were all arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis. They have been released under investigation.

Chief Inspector Alice Ames, District Commander for Folkestone and Hythe, said: "This is brilliant example of how the professional curiosity of officers can lead to great results.

"Drugs are not tolerated in Kent and very often will have a detrimental impact not just on the vulnerable people who use them but on the wider community too. Officers will continue to disrupt illegal activity and take action against those responsible for it."

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