SUSPECTS in an organised criminal gang have been arrested after four cannabis farms were raided by police this morning.

More than 200 police officers have carried out 11 warrants across the Thames Valley today (November 27) to target organise criminal gangs growing cannabis and supplying it.

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Pictures shared by police show a large number of plants in a factory-like setting being seized.

Officers made eight arrests in Reading where a number of electronic items were recovered.

One warrant was carried out in Wantage, Oxfordshire where two people were arrested and officers seized a large quantity of cash.

Reading Chronicle:

Police officers made five arrests in Aylesbury and found four suspected cannabis factories.

Detective Inspector Richard Jarvis, said: "Thames Valley Police is committed through its Stronghold campaign to tackle serious organised crime and exploitation by working with our partners.

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"Today we have executed a number of warrants in order to tackle a potential criminal network who we believe have been using vulnerable people to grow and distribute cannabis in the Thames Valley.

"As such we have carried out a number of warrants in order to arrest those who we believe are responsible and also safeguard any vulnerable people.

The force are looking to safeguard vulnerable people who may have been a victim of modern slavery.

This is not the first time police have recovered cannabis plants in Reading.

Earlier this month, two cannabis factories were discovered and police tweeted out the picture of scores of plants in a factory-like setting.

Also, a large number of plants were seized from a home in Wolseley Street.

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DI Jarvis added: "We have worked with our partners at Reading Borough Council and the National Crime Agency (NCA) to make sure that anyone who has been exploited is supported."

"Thames Valley Police will continue to target those who seek to cultivate and sell drugs for their own gain.

"This has been a complex investigation and we would like to thank the public for the intelligence they have provided. Only with this information can we continue to build up information and carry out operations like the one today.

"We would ask the public if they have information please report to 101 or if they wish to report 100% anonymously they can do so by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."