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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
People in a Bungay road where a large-scale cannabis factory was raided by police say they had noticed a strong smell in the area.
The cannabis farm at a former cigar storage building in Nethergate Street was raided by police on Saturday afternoon – leading to the arrests and charging of two men.
Yesterday a police scenes of crime officer was examining the sealed-off building, which is surrounded by homes, to ascertain how many cannabis plants were there and how extensive the class B drug factory was.
As part of the investigation, a structural engineer from Waveney District Council was also called in over the weekend to inspect the building to make sure it was safe, as it was believed to have been modified so cannabis plants could be grown there.
People in Nethergate Street said they had noticed a strong smell in the area for the past few months. One woman, who has lived in the road for 15 years and did not want to be named, said: “I have got a perceptive nose. I have noticed a smell – it must have been for a couple of months now. There are a lot of people here who have also noticed it and people in Bungay have talked about it – you get people saying things like ‘Where is that smell coming from?’
“Perhaps someone noticed the smell and called police.”
Another neighbour, a 36-year-old man, who also did not want to be named, said: “There has been a strong smell. I said at one time it could be gas, it stank so much.” The mayor of Bungay, Judy Cloke, said she was “really, really surprised” a cannabis factory had been discovered in the market town.
Police raided the building after receiving information from a member of the public.
Officers arrested one man at the scene and then in the early hours on Sunday police arrested another man at a property in the town at Earsham Street.
Yesterday two men, Sy Thuong Nguyen, 25, and Huan Van Chu, 18, appeared at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court charged with one count each of producing cannabis.
The men, who spoke at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court through a Vietnamese interpreter, entered no plea during yesterday’s hearing.
Naomi Turner, prosecuting, told the court it was a “fairly sophisticated cannabis factory”, with the electricity meter bypassed and rooms specifically divided for various stages of growth of plants.
The two men, of no fixed address, were remanded in custody to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on May 16.