A man who was running a cannabis farm at a house in Crewe has been jailed.
Marcin Lisiecki appeared at Chester Crown Court on Tuesday 4 April where he was sentenced to six months in prison.
The 37-year-old of Ruskin Road, Crewe, had previously pleaded guilty to production of class B drugs (cannabis).
The case began in December 2021 when officers from Crewe Local Policing Unit (LPU) received reports of suspicious activity at an address on Ruskin Road.
Following the intel, officers attended the address at around 4pmon Monday 12 December and knocked on the door to speak to the occupants.
After knocking for several minutes, Lisiecki eventually opened the door and officers were greeted by the strong smell of cannabis.
He allowed officers inside the address where officers discovered approximately 80 cannabis plants which had a likely yield of approximately £70,000.
Lisiecki was arrested at the address and later charged with production of class B drugs.
Following the sentencing Sergeant Steve Tandy, of Crewe Beat Team, said:
“Firstly I’d like to thank the residents for the information they provided, as a result of them we’ve removed a significant quantity of cannabis from the streets of Crewe and the person responsible is now behind bars.
“It is clear that Lisiecki had been running a professional cannabis farm from the property, there was a large number plants the electricity had been dangerously bypassed.
“Not only are cannabis farms illegal but can also be dangerous to other residents given the way the electricity is bypassed, and the equipment used within.
“While this site has now been closed down, and all of the equipment destroyed, we urge residents to remain vigilant and anyone ask who suspects this activity happening near them to come forward and tell us about it.”
There are a number signs that could indicate that a property is being used as a cannabis farm, including:
A strong and sickly sweet smell
Equipment to grow cannabis being taken into a property, such as lighting and ventilation equipment
Constantly covered or blocked-off windows – cannabis farms 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 farms often give off heat and the windows stay misted up
A constant buzz of ventilation – listen out for a whirring sound as the growers try to create an ideal climate for cannabis plants to grow
Lots of power cables – offenders often dig underground to lay cables that hook up to things like lamp posts so they do not have to pay for the enormous amounts of electricity they use.