Freedom of information request reference no: 01.FOI.22.027912
I note you seek access to the following information:
Specifically, I would like to know the following:
• The total number of cannabis factories found by Met Police in the past three years. Please break down the figures where possible by: a – number of plants b –estimated value
• Of the cases of cannabis factories found in the past three years, please can you tell me: How many of these cases have resulted in convictions How many of these cases are still being investigated
I have today decided to disclose the located information to you in full.
Please find below information pursuant to your request above.
You will note that information in relation to the number of plants and estimated values has not been provided. The reason for this is because this information is not routinely record and if it is recorded it is not in a searchable field.
In order to try and retrieve this information each of the reports in relation to cannabis farms etc would need to be read and as you can see from the attached data, there would be over 1,000 records and at an estimation of anything between 2-10mins to read each report, depending on the complexity of the incident, would take in excess of the 18hrs provided under the Act. For this reason, this data cannot be provided.