WHEN police officers visited a house, they got more than they bargained for when they spotted the resident drying cannabis plants.

The officers had gone to raid the house, on Springwood Road, Hoyland, as part of a month-long crackdown on cannabis cultivation called Operation Barracuda.

But they decided to have a look around after knocking on the door and getting no answer.

"He obviously couldn't hear us knocking on the door because of the hairdryer - I think he will have been surprised," DCI Mark Wilkie said.

"The leaves are no good when they're wet and people usually tend to put the plants in airing cupboards or in warm places to dry out, not use hairdryers on them."

The man, in his 50s, was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply.

Since January 1, the Barnsley force has already dismantled 28 cannabis set-ups across the borough but believes more can still be done to stop it.

Since the operation started on May 1, up to 22 houses have been raided and 197 cannabis plants worth £200,000 have been recovered.

The highest number of plants recovered in one area was 45 plants in Royston, followed by 38 plants in Thurnscoe.

A total of 33 plants were recovered from Wombwell; 16 from Kendray; ten from Goldthorpe; ten from Darton and Dodworth; 11 from Cudworth and six from Hoyland.