A stash of 16 laundry sacks stuffed with cannabis was discovered by a Twickenham police officer who happened to stumbled over them this week.
PC Vanessa Figg was in West Twickenham accompanied by PCSO Azelerab Jedid when she came across the foul smelling bags on Selkirk Road on Tuesday.
While PC Figg initially mistook the red, white and blue laundry bags as dumped rubbish, she soon found mounds of dried cannabis leaves mixed with rotting cannabis, gloves and facial masks inside.
“Initially I thought this was someone fly tipping,” said PC Figg. “I began to look into the bags to see if there was any name and address within the bags to ascertain the offender.
“However, once I had opened the first bag I could smell the overwhelming whiff of cannabis.”
A patrol of nearby Chertsey Road uncovered even more bags filled with the illegal drugs as well as masks, air fresheners, vacuum bag packets and a halogen bulb.
Inspector Rhiannon Ivens of Richmond Police said: “It took Vanessa and her colleague more than two hours to bag the 25 plus exhibits.
“It just shows you never know what you may find when out walking the beat!”
Police enquiries into the origin of the bags and anyone connected with them are ongoing.
If you have any information you are asked to contact Richmond Police on 101 or if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.