Cannabis farm uncovered and man arrested in Speke

A large cannabis farm has been recovered and a man has been arrested on suspicion of drug offences in Liverpool.

At around 10am on Tuesday 5 April officers executed a warrant at an address in Speke as part of an ongoing police operation in the area.

A man was found in one of the bedrooms and arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and concerned in the supply of a controlled drug.

The 30-year-old man from Liverpool was taken to a police station in Merseyside for questioning by detectives and has been released under investigation as enquiries continue.

Officers then found a large cannabis farm of around 52 plants in the loft of the address.

A mobile phone was also found that was constantly receiving messages asking for specific orders of cannabis. 

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

Inspector Neil Birkett said, “This was a fantastic find by our officers after a lengthy and thorough search uncovered 52 plants and other equipment used to grow cannabis.

“Thanks to our officers, a large farm that put our community in serious danger of fire and flood, as well as the violence and criminal exploitation often linked to drug supply has been dismantled.

“We know the misery drugs can cause for our communities and we will continue to work on successful operations that take them off our streets and acting on any intelligence we receive.

“If you have any information about suspected drug dealing in your area please don’t hesitate to contact us.”

A video in which 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.

Image: Merseyside Police

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