Four charged after cannabis factory uncovered

Thursday, June 30, 2022

We have charged three people after we uncovered a factory producing edible cannabis sweets.

Officers carried out a drug warrant at an address on High Street in Rishton last month where we found a large amount of both cannabis and cannabis edible sweets.

Cannabis edibles are made to look like sweets and are attractive to youngsters but they can contain high levels of THC.

The recovered drugs were valued at more than £100k.

Following a number of further enquiries we yesterday (Wednesday, June 29th) arrested three people from the Hyndburn area and they have now been charged.

Daniel Smedley, 32, of Walmsley Street, Rishton, Kristen Hall, 28, of Spring Street, Rishton and Richie Gardiner, 28, of Hermitage Street, Rishton, are all charged with being concerned in the production of cannabis and are due to appear before Blackburn Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday, June 30th)

A fourth person – Leonard Perkins, 31, of no fixed address, was earlier charged with being concerned in the production of cannabis.

If you have information about suspected drug-dealing in your area, please continue to report it to us on 101 or online, here

You can be confident that we will act on the information you provide, take drugs off the streets and prosecute those suspected of supplying them.

You can also contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at




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