More than £500,000 worth of drugs have been found at two properties on Beech Avenue, Mansfield (Credits: Google Street View)

Hundreds of cannabis plants ‘worth more than £500,000’ were seized by Nottinghamshire Police during a series of coordinated drug raids.

Officers carried out intelligence-led warrants on Thursday, January 12 and Friday, January 13 at 12 addresses.

Drugs worth more than £500,000 were found at two properties in Beech Avenue, Mansfield on Thursday.

Other addresses were located in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Skegby, South Normanton, and Ilkeston.

The seized drugs and associated equipment have been taken away and will be destroyed.

Extensive remedial work will also be required to fix dangerously bypassed electrics, Nottinghamshire Police have confirmed.

Three men, aged 57, 26 and 21 were arrested on suspicion of drugs offences and later released on bail.

The action follows a series of similar coordinated raids carried out in Ashfield in November.

Inspector Jon Hewitt, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Cannabis cultivation is a very serious offence and is often linked to violent organised crime groups from home and abroad.

“It is also very often linked to other very serious offences such as human trafficking and modern slavery.

“Neighbouring residents, meanwhile, are also placed at considerable risk of fire from these pop-up drugs factories.

“So if you have reason to suspect a property in your street please contact the police and tell us about it.

“We will listen, we will investigate and we will look to take this kind of firm action.”