Large quantities of cannabis plants were seized from an address in Colchester high street.
Local officers received a call at approximately 3:10pm on Tuesday afternoon, which led to the arrest of two men, aged 36 and 22, on suspicion of cultivating cannabis.
Local police made the decision to shred the plants at the scene, due to the high quantity.
Enquiries are ongoing and both men remain in custody. A police presence is likely to remain in the area over the next few days.
Essex Police urge witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.