Cannabis farm recovered and man arrested in Walton

Merseyside Police has recovered a cannabis farm and arrested a man in Walton yesterday, Tuesday 8 February. 

At around 2.30pm officers executed a warrant at an address on Albany Road. 

A cannabis farm consisting of 196 plants across five growing rooms was recovered.

A 33-year-old man at the address was arrested on suspicion of cannabis cultivation and abstracting electricity. 

He was taken into custody and will be questioned by police. 

The premises was made safe by the Merseyside Police Cannabis Dismantling Team and enquiries are ongoing. 

Community Policing Sergeant Anna Matthews said, “Thanks to our officers, a large cannabis farm is no longer putting our community at risk of fire and flood, as well as violence and criminal exploitation.

“No law-abiding person wants to live next door to such death traps and we do all we can to make the streets safer. 

“Keep your eyes, ears and noses open to the signs that cannabis is being grown where you live and work and we will keep taking action. All information helps the work we do, so make us aware and we’ll be there.”

Matt Brown, head of the Cannabis Dismantling Team explains how you can spot signs of cannabis being grown near where you live.

Some of the signs that cannabis is being grown are:

  • Strange smells and sounds
  • Frequent and varied visitors to a property, often at unusual times
  • Gardening equipment being taken into a property, such as plant pots, fertiliser, fans and industrial lighting
  • Windows are sealed and covered or the curtains are permanently closed
  • Heat from an adjoining property
  • Birds gathering on a roof in cold weather

Individually these activities may seem commonplace, however, together may indicate something more suspicious.

Anyone with information on suspected drug production or criminal activity in their community can contact @MerPolCC, call 101 or come forward anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Always call 999 if a crime is in progress.

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