300 cannabis plants have been located at an
address in Southport
MERSEYSIDE Police, on
Friday, 10 November 2017, carried out a warrant resulting in the discovery of a
cannabis farm, at an address in Cyprus Road, Southport, at about 8.28am.
We are told that Officers have
recovered a total of 300 cannabis plants and a number of cropped plants from the
cannabis farm, that would have had an estimated annual yield of nearly ₤1.2m. In
the process of the raid Officers recovered alongside the plants was a large
growing equipment. They also discovered that the electricity had been illegally
Superintendent Matt Boyle said:- "Every cannabis farm our
Officers seize and every arrest marks another step in our efforts to disrupt the
activities of criminals growing cannabis. We are using everything at our
disposal to find cannabis farms and bring those responsible for setting them up,
to justice. Police are visiting retailers, such as DIY stores and garden centers
to raise awareness of the types of purchases made by criminals, who are looking
to set up cannabis farms. Officers have lso been speaking with letting agencies
and landlords, as many cannabis growers take advantage of short term tenancy
agreements to grow the drug. Unoccupied properties could be subject to utilities
being disconnected and other partner agencies will be educated on the signs a
cannabis factory is in a property. Information from the public is vital, so we
can continue to target cannabis cultivation and drug dealing in our communities.
I'm sure no 1 would like to live next door to these potential death traps. I'd
ask again if you believe someone is using a property for this purpose, please
tell us so we can take action and find those responsible for setting them up."
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 sinister.
Anyone with any information can
call the Police on:- 101, or you can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800