A cannabis farm was recovered in Wallasey on Wednesday 14 September after officers responded to the smell of cannabis emanating from the property.
At around 6.40pm, officers were patrolling Agnes Grove when they smelt cannabis coming from a house and when they investigated they heard fans inside the property.
Upon entering the address they discovered 202 cannabis plants growing across five rooms.
The premises was made safe by the Merseyside Police Cannabis Dismantling Team and enquiries are ongoing.
The electricity meter had been abstracted without authority. Scottish Power has attended and has made the electrics safe.
Matt Brown, who leads the Cannabis Dismantling Team (CDT), said, “This is a significant hoard of cannabis seized by our officers which will make the local community a safer place and from the serious and organised criminals that set the farms up and exploit vulnerable people.
“The dangers posed by cannabis farms and extracting electricity illegally in this manner poses a serious dangerous risk to residents living nearby, both from the risk of flooding and fire, especially when criminals tinker with the wiring and overload plugs.
“If you spot any signs that cannabis is being grown near where you live and work please let us know so that we can continue to take action. Any information helps residents and the work we do, so make us aware and we will investigate.”
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.