A suspicious-minded Neighbourhood Watch member sniffed out a group of youths smoking cannabis during a community meeting in Mexborough.
The volunteer was attending a meeting at a community base in Derwent Road when they reported a “funny smell in an alleyway” to police officers in attendance.
PC Janine Kelly and PCSO Annette Flavell found three 15-year-old boys smoking cannabis in a nearby alleyway and handed all three a caution.
Weeks earlier, police followed information from another Neighbourhood Watch member and discovered a strong smell of what was believed to be cannabis in Taunton Gardens, Mexborough.
Officers searched a property the next day and found what is thought to be a cannabis set-up.
They seized eight mature plants and arrested a 19-year-old man on suspicion of cannabis cultivation.
He is currently on police bail pending further enquiries.
Inspector Ray Mountford said: “Neighbourhood Watch is becoming more and more integral in partnership working.
“It is an invaluable service, whose members provide a great deal of information resulting in warrants, arrests and money seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act, which sees money ploughed back into the community.
“I’d like to thank them for all the work they’ve done and look forward to an even better future.
“There’s a saying that 1+1+1=5, which means that you become greater than the sum of the parts. This shows the power of partnership and that you’re stronger when you work together.”