Officers from Cheshire Police are urging landlords to remain cautious following the discovery of Cannabis farm in Crewe.
On Sunday 24 September 2017 officers were called to reports of suspicious activity at an address on Walthall Street.
Officers attended the scene and, on entering the address, they discovered a large scale Cannabis factory, containing more than 80 plants at various stages of cultivation.
DC Paul Wright said: “Thanks to the information received from a member of the public we have able to remove a significant quantity of drugs from the streets of Crewe.
“This is a great result and it truly shows how information from members of the public is vital in the fight against drug related crime.
“We know the negative impact illegal drug use and supply can have on the community and we continue to do all we can to put a stop to this sort of activity.”
Enquiries in relation to the discovery are currently ongoing and no arrests have been made so far. However, officers have discovered that that the property involved was rented.
DC Wright added: “It is estimated that the average cost for repairing a property used for Cannabis cultivation is in the region of £15,000 – which is why we would urge landlords to remain cautious.
“It’s important to conduct regular checks at the addresses to ensure that everything is in order. Also, if a potential new client comes to you and offers to pay six months’ rent in advance in cash, then the probability is that it’s too good to be true – and it may end up costing you more in the long run.”
There are a number signs that could indicate that a property is being used as a Cannabis farm, these include:
- A strong and sickly sweet smell
- Equipment to grow cannabis being taken into a house. For example, lighting and ventilation equipment.
- Constantly covered or blocked-off windows. Cannabis factories often have constantly closed curtains, black-out blinds or foil coverings.
- People coming and going at all hours or neighbours you never see.
- Strong and constant lighting day and night.
- High levels of heat and condensation. Cannabis factories often give off heat and the windows stay misted up.
- Constant buzz of ventilation. Listen out for a whirring sound as the growers try to create an ideal climate for the plants to grow.
- Lots of power cables. Gangs dig underground to lay cables that hook up to things like lamp posts so they don’t have to pay for the enormous amounts of electricity they use.
Anyone with any information in relation to the discovery is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 898 of 24/9/2017. Information can also be reported anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.