A 36 year old man has been arrested after police raided his house on Elmbank Avenue and found approximately 23 suspected cannabis plants growing in the garden.
This ended two weeks in which four raids were carried out in Addlestone, Chertsey, Egham and Englefield Green, all producing similar amounts of cannabis plants. Despite this, police maintain that the incidents were not related and argue that Runnymede does not have a drug problem. Inspector Nield insisted that these incidents were the result of tip-offs from the
community which coincidentally came at the same time.
Egham Residents’ Association spokesperson, Genna Clark, said: “It’s great that the police are getting results and closing in on these people but it is still very disappointing to have this sort of activity on the doorstep of your community.”
Cannabis is used for a variety of purposes, such as for its fibre (hemp), its medicinal properties to treat illnesses such as glaucoma, and as a recreational drug. Cannabis is a Class B drug – it is illegal to have for yourself, to give away or to sell. Possession is illegal whatever the reason for use, including pain relief. The penalty for possession of cannabis can be up to five years in jail. Supplying someone else can get you fourteen years and an unlimited fine, and, even if it is given away, it is also considered ‘supplying’ under the law. Allowing other people to use cannabis in your house or any other premises is illegal. If the police catch someone smoking cannabis on any property, they can prosecute the landlord, owner or person holding the party.