Police in Leek have found a sophisticated cannabis growing facility hidden by a false wall.
Officers entered a seemingly disused building on Sneyd Street in the town on Saturday to find three growing rooms and a drying room hidden by a fake wall, as part of their 50-50 campaign.
The rooms were filled with 206 mature plants and 75 that had been cultivated ready for processing for sale. All of the plants and cultivated cannabis has been valued at £250,000.
Following further investigation police discovered that the electricity also had a partial bypass to power the facility without raising suspicion.
No one was found in the building, but officers are appealing for information about a blue Ford 5 door vehicle that has been seen parked outside the building on a regular basis.
Large cannabis factory found at an address in Leek. pic.twitter.com/hoONRfUDpy— CheadlePolice (@CheadlePolice) April 8, 2017
Sgt Rob Peacock, who led the operation, said: "This was a significant drugs operation that has been uncovered and we will continue to develop opportunities to tackle drugs in the community.
"If anyone has any concerns or information around drugs please let the police know. Often you can see things and be unsure if you should contact the police. It may be that the information you have is the missing piece to our jigsaw and I would encourage you to let us know by calling 101."