POLICE swooped into two villages after receiving information regarding alleged drug-related activity.
Staffordshire Police has confirmed officers executed a warrant at a location in Cauldon Low on Tuesday, November 12, after information was received about “suspicious activities”.
A quantity of cannabis was found which led to two people, a 53-year-old woman and a 35- year-old man, both from Stokeon- Trent, being arrested on suspicion of drug offences. They remain on police bail pending further inquiries.
Further investigations led officers to attend a second location in the village of Foxt at around 9.30am on Wednesday, November 13.
Officers confirmed that they found evidence of cannabis cultivation, but only one plant was seized. A forensic examination was carried out and inquiries are ongoing.
District councillor Linda Malyon, who represents the Ipstones Ward which includes the village of Foxt, said the incident which led to police arriving in the village had been a shock.
She said: “I reported the building concerned to the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's enforcement team almost a year ago after I received several complaints from residents that people were living there in what are agricultural premises.
“The property does not have planning permission as a residential dwelling.
“When enforcement visited the site, they did not enter the premises.
“I am now really pleased that police officers have now looked into the buiding. This has been a shock for residents of Foxt, which is a beautiful village and a tightly knit community."
Foxt resident and parish councillor, Patrick Stimpson, said that residents had been shocked by the incident.
Mr Stimpson said: “Many people have complained about people living in these isolated buildings.
“It has been reported to the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council enforcement officers.
“The incident and the find by police officers has been a big shock to local people."
Police are now asking anyone who suspects drug misuse in their community to contact the force’s 101 number.
Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.