A huge cannabis haul worth an estimated £80,000 has been seized by West Yorkshire Police after they spotted a house with suspiciously no snow on the roof.
Officers stormed the property on a street near to Arctic Street in Keighley yesterday after catching a strong smell of cannabis outside. Police then noticed a lack of snow on the roof, which suggested a strong heat presence inside the property.
Upon entering the house, police found around 322 plants in all four bedrooms of the property and in the cellar. The heat from the lamps which helped to grow the plants was melting the ice and snow off the roof.
A picture of the property where £80,000-worth of cannabis was being grown in Yorkshire
The huge drugs haul was found inside a property in Keighley, West Yorkshire
PC James Butterfield tweeted a picture of himself holding what appears to be a cannabis plant
PC James Butterfield tweeted that his 'size 10 boots came in handy' when booting down the door.
He added: 'Removing this filth from the streets is always great.
'Knowing that the morons responsible for it are £80k out of pocket is a Bruceybonus! #didntwedowell.'
PC Caroline Foster tweeted pictures from their successful drugs haul.
She added: 'Whilst the snow has kept the burglars at bay it has also helped us in finding some rather large plants.
Police say that around 322 plants were seized at the home
Vicky Watson, who lives next door to the property, said she knew something was amiss when her bathroom was constantly hot
'Hmmm, I wonder why there is no snow on your roof? 280+ plants seized from an address in Keighley today, some nearly 6ft tall.'
Vicky Watson, 44, who lives next door to the cannabis farm, said: 'Two Eastern European blokes, in their 30s, moved in about 18 months ago.
'In the cold weather my house is normally freezing because the insulation is rubbish, but since they moved in next door my bathroom has been absolutely red hot. The wall was warm to touch.
'It was suspicious, you could hear fans whirring but no normal sounds of people living there.
'They were two blokes with no kids. We thought they were gay.'
Another neighbour added: 'Over the last few days the smell has got pretty strong and after the snow kept thawing on their roof, you just knew they were growing cannabis.
'Well done for the police turning out on such a freezing cold day to take those drugs off the streets.
Police noticed a lack of snow on the roof, which suggested a strong heat presence inside the property
'Now those cannabis farmers have lost their crop I dread to think how they are going to afford their leccy bill.'
Police say no-one was in the property at the time of their entry. Work is now underway to confiscate the plants, which will be officially examined and valued.
No arrests have been made.
Anyone who has information about drugs in Keighley is asked to contact the Keighley NPT on 101 or the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.
A tweet sent out by PC Caroline Foster of the drugs haul
PC James Butterfield said the street value of the haul was £80,000