IT’S not the kind of thing you’d normally expect to stumble upon in a quiet market town.
But when workers found three bin bags full of cannabis there was no second thought about what to do with it.
A Newent Town Council litter picker discovered the huge stash, weighing 17.5kg, on Tuesday morning near Newent Lake and Court Road.
Police have since confirmed it would be worth a massive £70,000 on the streets and would very much like to track down its rightful owner.
Town council foreman Neil Sapsed said one of his colleagues made the intriguing discovery.
“He was on the litter pick, which they do every morning, and saw these bin bags which normally they would just pick up,” said Neil.
“But he got near it and smelled it, threw it in the back of truck, came back to the offices and called the police straight away.”
The worker is now on holiday but Neil said it’s not the first time something like this has happened.
“There was something very similar not long ago, we found a load of stalks from cannabis plants,” he said.
“It’s very odd.”
Police spokesman Chris Jackson said it’s unclear how the drugs got there but one theory is that a local dealer may have got wind of the Operation Rapier drugs crackdown across the Forest of Dean and ditched the stash for fear of getting caught.
The number of drugs offences in the district has doubled in the first year of the operation - testament, police said, to the extra proactive detective work they are putting in.
Mr Jackson said: “The drugs, which have got a bit wet having been left outside, would have been worth £60,000-£70,000 in good condition. We would like to speak to the owner.” Call 101 with any information.