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Staggering Values Of Cannabis Seized In Town

Friday June 14 2013


Huge amounts of cannabis uncovered in police operation Huge amounts of cannabis uncovered in police operation


FOUR hundred and seventy one plants with an estimated street value of £295,000 have been recovered across Barnsley during a month-long crackdown on cannabis cultivation.

Operation Barracuda has been running throughout May and was set up to target individuals involved in cannabis cultivation.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Wilkie, who led the operation, said: "We acted on information received and visited over 80 properties across Barnsley.

"I'm really pleased with the results; not only have we recovered a substantial amount of plants, we will also have had a significant impact on any illegal financial gain that would have come from growing the plants."

During the operation, 22 people were arrested, 26 people were cautioned, eight warnings were given out and six people received fixed penalty notices for cannabis cultivation.

Police and Crime Commissioner of South Yorkshire, Shaun Wright said: “The campaign in Barnsley has been a great success and I’m glad that the force is taking tough action to catch these criminals.

"They cannot be allowed to profit from breaking the law. I’d also like to thank any members of the public that came forward with information that helped to make these arrests as the police could not do their job without this assistance."

Anybody with any further information should contact the police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Any information received will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.

Full list:

Cudworth: 161
Thurnscoe: 94
Royston: 59
Wombwell: 43
Central: 32
Kendray: 28
Darton and Dodworth: 26
Hoyland: 18
Goldthorpe: 10

The people arrested are all currently on bail, nobody has been charged yet.

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Reply Posted by Josh Murray on Friday June 14 2013 at 09:50
Police need to stop wasting time and tax payers money on catching these 'criminals' many cannabis users are good people who pay taxes and work. The rest of the world is currently experiencing huge changes in cannabis law, culture and social understanding. I would much rather see time spent in catching paedofiles and burglars who inarguably have a devastating effect on peoples lives unlike soft drugs such as cannabis.

Reply Posted by anon on Friday June 14 2013 at 10:31
I think you will find that the law is changing in Holland to where you have to register to use cannabis,and the drug cannot be legally used by people of other countries. At the end of the day the law in this country says it is illegal, so fair play to the cops that they have stopped these, because I bet these that grow the drug don't work and are getting benefits free school meals for the kids etc..

Reply Posted by Kipper on Monday June 17 2013 at 15:44
Do you consider yourself a free thinking, open minded, individual? Because you've just made yourself look a complete idiot. What a horribly prejudice statement, so is everyone who smokes cannabis a lazy doss about? (Let me point you in the direction of Paul McCartney, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Morgan Freeman, Samuel L Jackson, and many, many more).

Or rather, what about all those people on benefits, who are too sick to work? Or can't find work, have kids to look after or have just lost a spouse or gone through terrible medical trauma? Are they all dirty weed smokers growing plants in their lofts?


I hope one day you come to rely on the state and become one of those people who clearly hate so much. You make my piss itch.

Reply Posted by the man on Friday June 14 2013 at 10:53
that law is not happening they av just overuled that in holland so ya wrong ther pal

Reply Posted by HONEST GUSS on Friday June 14 2013 at 10:55
and the debate goes on....... josh you took the words out of my mouth... well my own comment on previous article regarding "Operation Barracuda" here on WAB. weed smokers and growers dont destroy lives. its a mellow buzz .

Reply Posted by karl on Friday June 14 2013 at 11:29
alcohol and cigarettes are far more dangerous than cannabis its illegal because its mind altering a police officer once told me?? hello so is alcohol more money is wasted week ends at a&e and fighting in town centres I would like to see it legalised or ciggs and alcohol banned completely

Reply Posted by AHR on Friday June 14 2013 at 11:47
And they all got a smack on the hand, and told " be good from now on ", surely there are worse thing than Cannabis cultivation they should be concentrating on.

Reply Posted by Mick on Friday June 14 2013 at 11:58
Aside from the argument about whether it should be legal or not. Cannabis growers account for 10% of all fires that South Yorks Fire are called out to and many cases of very dangerous electricity theft. For that reason alone a good reason to report & clamp down on growers.

Reply Posted by Kipper on Monday June 17 2013 at 15:47
Your comment is sensible Mick, however I'm afraid to say that your claim falls very much under the "should it be legal or not" argument.

If the production and sale of cannabis were legal, there would be strict regulations in place - even down to growing. In an ideal world if someone wanted to grow at home, all the gear would be safety checked and perhaps be even subject to inspection from Health and Safety - unlike it is now where you find chavs hanging spot lights in their lofts and using tin foil as reflective sheeting.

There needs to be a real change in the way people are thinking about this discussion, as most of the time its down to the fact its illegal that people want to *keep* it illegal! Madness!

Reply Posted by miffman on Friday June 14 2013 at 12:42
@mark id like to see where your info comes from or have you just grabbed that number out the air, 10% of all firers...sounds like jumped-up tosh to me

Reply Posted by gussbuster on Friday June 14 2013 at 12:43
mick surely they should be clamping down on "dangerous electricity theft" im sure there is just as much risk of your Christmas tree catching fire. my point is there is faulty equipment all around us just waiting to go bang and ignite. i had a boom box (stereo) that just caught fire in my bedroom after years of use... luckily i was sat there when it happened and managed to control the situation.

Reply Posted by anon on Friday June 14 2013 at 23:45
Mayor Eberhard van der Laan, the police will turn a blind eye and in a letter to the currect government he writes "It has been decided that Amsterdam law enforcement authorities will not attach any priority to enforcing the local residence requirement." Not over ruled exactly.

Reply Posted by Mb on Monday June 17 2013 at 13:55
I live in holland but from barnsley. It is not leagal here to grow it or to bring it into the country. But you can smoke it only in s cafe. Stupid I know cos if you cant grow it or bring it in how can you sell it in cafes

Reply Posted by dave on Monday June 17 2013 at 14:07
there are probably rape crimes and robbing going off round the uk but all police do is canabis raids and watch for speeding traffic lazy ass gits.

Reply Posted by mad as hell on Wednesday June 19 2013 at 09:47
Its an absolute joke wasting all that time, money and resources to catch so called cultivators. Alcohol and cigarettes cause more damage and cost more to the nhs than cannabis ever has but because almost anyone can grow it which makes it impossible to regulate and tax properly and thats where your problem is the thieves in government cant rip you off intaxes so theyake it illegal as its the only way to take money from it. This country is a joke you cant even use it as medicine when tests have proven it works on all sorts of cases i.e. cancer, glaucoma, arthritis and m.s. to name a few. All of you thats got your nose up in air you need to do a bit of research and stop treating cannabis users like criminals