A pair in their 30s have been arrested after dawn raids on two properties unearthed major quantities of cannabis plants and growing equipment.
The intelligence-led operations were based at residential addresses in St. Helier and St. Lawrence, resulting in the arrests of one man in each location.
Both are suspected of cultivating and possessing large quantities of cannabis with the intention of supplying it.
One of the pair (30) has since been released on Police bail, while the other (33) remains in custody.
Pictured: One of the suspects remains in Police custody.
Photos released by Police this afternoon showed two sophisticated set-ups involving silver panelling and overhead lamps.
Officers declined to provide an exact quantity or the estimated value of the drugs, as they are still in the process of seizing items.
Chief Inspector Mark Hafey said that suppliers have been taking the time to grow drugs in lockdown amid struggles to keep selling.
“We reduced our proactive drug enforcement activity, Operation SHARK, whilst we focused on supporting the Island through the Covid crisis. However, we never stopped building the intelligence picture to allow us to target importers and suppliers when the time was right,” he explained.
“As has been highlighted by the Jersey Customs and Immigration Service, those involved in the drugs trade have adapted their methods to try and maintain supply in a period when importation has been incredibly difficult for them. This includes home-growing cannabis.
“We are alive to this and are now increasing the focus on tackling the enduring threat posed to the Island, especially our most vulnerable residents, by the illegal drugs trade.”
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