TWO men were arrested and cannabis and cash were seized after police raided a drugs den in Waddon yesterday (Thursday).
Officers from Croydon's Crime Squad carried out a search warrant at a premises in Claydon Drive early yesterday morning, after intelligence suggested it was being used as a cannabis factory.
During the search, police found more than 50 cannabis plants growing inside, along with items including fans and heaters used in the production of cannabis. Around £3,000 in cash was also found by officers.
Two men, aged 23 and 61, were arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis. They have since been bailed to return to a south London police station in late September, pending further enquiries.
PC Garret Sheridan, from Croydon's Crime Squad, who led the operation said: "The presence of any kind of drugs in a neighbourhood will have a negative impact on that area. There are the direct effect of associated crime or antisocial behaviour, but in the case of cannabis factories in particular, there are also the very real danger of fire, as cannabis factories are usually set up with lots of fans, heaters and electrics, that can then go on to cause serious fires.
"We would urge local residents and communities to get in touch with us if they suspect the presence of drugs in their neighbourhoods, whether drugs are simply being used, or if they're being supplied or produced. We'll look into any information we receive and will take positive action like we have in this case, where appropriate."
Anyone with information about drugs can contact their local police team by calling 101 or by calling Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.