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10.05.23 – Monkey Dust Delivery Discovered, Staffordshire Police – Operation Levidrome

Written by on 9 May 2023

Staffordshire Police have arrested four people after eight kilos of monkey dust packages were stopped before reaching Stoke-on-Trent.

On Wednesday 26 April, eight suspicious packages which were due to be delivered to different addresses across the city were found, they contained eight kilograms of monkey dust, believed to worth around £100,000.  Three men, aged 55, 43 and 33, and a 41-year-old woman, all from Stoke-on-Trent, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply a class B drug. Inquiries are continuing

The findings follow the ongoing commitment by Staffordshire Police to tackling drug crime across the county and has seen officers targeting the supply of monkey dust with assistance from key local partners.


A large cannabis grow discovered at a property in Newcastle-under-Lyme last week was disrupted by Staffordshire Police.

Officers attended an address off London Road just after 11.30 last Thursday morning and found more than 150 cannabis plants, which along with two mobile phones were seized by officers and the property has since been secured.

A 26-year-old man, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, was arrested on suspicion of cultivating class B drugs, and has since been released under investigation.

The latest discovery comes as the force continues its dedicated ‘Operation Levidrome’, aimed at disrupting the supply and cultivation of drugs in Staffordshire.

Since its launch in 2021, more than 300 cannabis cultivations have been discovered as well as invested in specialist equipment and tools to assist officers in identifying and seizing drug-related material.

There are various clues which can indicate a property is being used for drug cultivation, including:

  • A pungent smell emitting from the address
  • Condensation of windows, even in warmer months
  •     Blocked-out windows or strong lighting emanating from them
  •     A large amount of deliveries at the address
  • A constant buzz from ventilation
  • A large amount of power cables.

For more information on cannabis cultivations, visit: Cannabis farms | Staffordshire Police.

To report any suspected grows in your area, please contact us by calling 101.

To share any information relating to the Newcastle-under-Lyme grow, contact us through Live Chat on our website, or call 101, quoting incident number 267 of 4 May.