THREE young Vietnamese men have been arrested and are being held in custody following the discovery of three cannabis factories in Ruislip.
Officers from Manor, Cavendish and South Ruislip Safer Neighbourhoods Teams found the factories on Wednesday in Exmouth Road, Field End Road, and Bedford Road.
The planned operation was a result of information received from the communities.
Entry was forced into the houses, which were all privately rented houses, and cannabis plants were found in the final stages of growth in hydroponics laboratories and were ready for cultivation.
About 1,500 plants were found growing in various rooms at the three locations with an estimated value of over £250,000.EDF Energy were called to assist with making the properties safe and also to deal with extraction of electricity.
Forensic examinations have been conducted at all three properties and the hydroponics paraphernalia and plants are being removed and destroyed.
PS Neil Roberts, who led the operation, said: "This operation is a good example of communities working together with their local Safer Neighbourhoods Teams. We acted upon their concerns speedily and disrupted the supply of cannabis.
"We urge the community to come forward and report any drug activity or if they suspicious about premises in their neighbourhood then they should contact local police or crime stoppers."
Superintendent of Partnership, Iestyn Prosser, said: "Drug abuse in our borough and the growing of cannabis will not be tolerated. My officers acted upon intelligence supplied by the members of our community and this has prevented over £250,000 worth of drugs entering the streets."
The police are requesting residents to inform the local police or call crime stoppers on 0800 555 111 if they notice irregular attendance at an address, single occupancy in a house, windows blocked out and curtains permanently drawn and short term renting of property.