Two men have been arrested and a large quantity of suspected drugs and cash have been seized after a police raid in Weymouth.

The picture shows a huge pile of bags filled with green plants, police believe to be cannabis which were found at a Weymouth address.

Officers from Weymouth Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) executed warrants at addresses in Culliford Way and Chickerell Road just after 10.30am on Wednesday.

Police seized a stash of what is believed to be cannabis along with an unknown powder and a quantity of cash.

Two police sniffer dogs were used to hunt out the seized items.

A 25-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of possessing class A and class B drugs and possessing a class B drug with intent to supply.

On Thursday, September 20 a 34-year-old Weymouth man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a class B drug with intent to supply and producing a class B drug.

Both men have been released under investigation and officers are continuing investigations.

A spokesman for Dorset Police said: “The NPT want to thank the dog units that provided assistance for the warrants.”

Police have been clamping down on drugs in the borough.

In July, police shut down a Weymouth house which had been linked to drug problems and anti-social behaviour.

The eight occupants of the HMO in Hanover Road were ordered to leave following a court order.

Last month, the Echo reported drug deaths in Weymouth had more than doubled in the last decade. Between 2015 and 2017, 23 people died in Weymouth and Portland in drug related deaths.

Figures from the Office of National Statistics revealed that the town had a drug death rate of 12.7 per 100,000 people between 2015-17 in comparison with 6.4 nationally.

This showed a significant increase from 11 years previous in 2004-06 when the rate was 5.4.