A ‘CANNABIS factory’ which turned out hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of the class B drug has been shut down in Winton after a police raid.

Officers found a “large quantity of suspected cannabis” at a property in Coronation Avenue last week.

The Bournemouth North police team hailed the “amazing find” and said cannabis worth approximately £200,000 had been seized.

A spokesperson from Dorset Police said officers had smelled cannabis when the resident opened the front door of the address.

“At around 11.35am on Wednesday, July 10, officers attended an address in Coronation Avenue in Bournemouth,” the spokesperson said.

“It was reported that officers smelled cannabis as the occupant answered the door.”

A 26-year-old man was initially arrested on suspicion of possessing cannabis.

“A search of the property was subsequently carried out and a large quantity of suspected cannabis and items allegedly used to cultivate the drug were located,” the spokesperson said.

“The arrested man was further arrested on suspicion of producing a class B drug and possessing a class B drug with intent to supply.

“He has been released under investigation as detectives continue to make enquiries into the matter.”

In a post on the team’s Facebook page, an officer said: “Amazing find on Wednesday by our neighbourhood policing team.

“Approximately £200,000 of cannabis was seized from a cannabis factory on Coronation Avenue.

“Thanks to all officers who assisted with this mega haul.”

A year ago, in July 2018, Albanian nationals Flogert Kadiu, 23, and Genti Lamaj, 39, were jailed after a cannabis factory was found in a home in Wallisdown Road.

Plants with an estimated street value of at least £175,000 were found at the address after neighbours reported a suspicious smell.

Kadiu and Lamaj admitted producing cannabis and were sentenced to 12 months in prison.

Earlier this year, the Echo reported that the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust will have to fork out for the third time in less than a year after large amounts of waste from a cannabis farm was dumped in a ditch off Dudmoor Lane in Christchurch.

At least 50 black bin bags containing cannabis plant ends, peat, and light fittings were discarded.