Merseyside Police has charged four men following the discovery of a cannabis farm in Birkenhead yesterday (Wednesday 4 August).
At around 10.40am officers executed a warrant at a property at the former Windsor Castle Hotel, Oxton Road. Around 300 mature cannabis plants were seized across four rooms.
Four men were detained and the location was made safe. Following their arrest Emiljan Cani, 25, Xhuljan Collaku, 28, Ardjan Koleci, 22, and Denis Vathi, 39, all of no fixed address, were charged with cannabis production.
They were remanded in custody and will appear at Wirral Adult Remand Court this morning (Thursday 5 August).
A Merseyside Police spokesperson said, “If you suspect that cannabis is being grown where you are, you can watch a video in which Matt Brown, head of our Cannabis Dismantling Team (CDT), explains some of the signs.” (video below)
Some of these signs 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
Police say that individually these activities may seem commonplace, however, together may indicate something more suspicious If you have any information about suspected drug production in your area, please contact @MerPolCC, 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Always call 999 if a crime is in progress.
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