A church which rents out a city centre store which was raided by police as part of an investigation into the suspected sale of herbal cannabis say they are considering their options.
A 35-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman were initially arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class B drugs after police executed two search warrants last Wednesday morning. The man was also arrested on suspicion of money laundering.
The first search warrant was carried out at a residential property in Houndiscombe Road, Mutley. The second was carried out at the Holy Smoke store which sits near the Voodoo Lounge club and the Jigsaw Garden. The property is rented from the nearby Methodist Central Hall.
Both the man and the woman were questioned by officers and later released under investigation.
Police confirmed they seized a number of items during their searches including a four-figure sum of cash, cultivation equipment including grow lamps, tents, trays and fertilizer, a “substantial quantity of suspected cannabis” and other drug-related paraphernalia including a number of bottles of “e-liquid” purporting to contain “90 percent THC” have also been seized.
Detectives who led the investigation told Plymouth Live they also seized a number of mobile phones, a laptop, an SUV Dodge Nitro vehicle and a quantity of documentation including invoices.
Officers also seized CCTV recording equipment from the Holy Smoke store and a number of bottles containing liquids.
Police returned to the store on Sunday evening after reports of criminal damage to the building by youths.
Police said they received reports of four teenage boys causing damage. They were traced by officers and spoken to. All four are expected to have voluntary attendance interviews in due course.
Superintendent Minister Gareth Higgs, of the Plymouth Methodist Mission told Plymouth Live the church understood the store was initially selling sunglasses and hats.
He said: “This property is rented from the church; the store is not operated by us.
“We were not made aware of any change in the nature of the business in advance.
“The Church Council will be meeting to discuss the matter and then we will take advice on how best to proceed.”
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