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Severn Bridge raids: Eight held after £3.5m of cannabis seized

Police have seized more than 7,500 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of £3.5m in a series of raids in south Wales and west England.

Eight people were arrested during the operation which was held simultaneously on both sides of the Severn Bridge.

Led by South Wales Police, the operation involved more than 130 police officers from three forces and staff from the UK Border Agency.

Assets suspected of being funded by criminal activities were also seized.

A number of sites were targeted, including the Eastgate Business Park in Cardiff, where a large cannabis factory was discovered and has been dismantled.

The cash, recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act, will now subject to a financial investigation.

A police spokesman said: "Today's action brings to an end to a two-and-a-half year operation resulting in the total seizure of 7,500 cannabis plants worth an estimated £3.5m and more than £400,000 in cash."

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