Man and woman arrested after drugs and cash recovered at house in Huyton

Huyton_Cannabis_3 Merseyside Police have arrested a man (33) of Huyton and a woman (37) of Huyton on suspicion of possession with intent to supply (Class A and Class B), being concerned in production of cannabis and money laundering, after the discovery of a cannabis farm in Dryden Grove, Huyton yesterday, Tuesday 12 September.

The man and woman have both been released pending further investigation.

Proactive officers noted a pungent smell when dealing with an incident nearby. Police have now removed the plants, a quantity of cash, and items believed to be Class A Drugs.

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Sergeant Kevin Coakley of the Merseyside Police Cannabis Dismantling Team said:

“Cannabis cultivation and drug dealing by criminal gangs can cause serious harm in our local communities. Criminal groups involved in the cultivation of cannabis are usually involved in other serious organised crime and they often rent residential properties such as this.

"Our communities are helping us to stop these groups, who are only interested in making money, from turning premises into potential death traps and fire risks. Nobody wants to live next door to these houses and we would ask that if you have any suspicion, please tell us so we can take positive action and find those responsible”

"The people who set up these farms often tamper with the electricity meters to steal electricity, and there will generally be a number of hot lamps hooked to overloaded electricity sockets as well as an extensive watering system.

"Electricity and water are a dangerous combination, and the fire service have seen an increase in the number of fires they have been called to as a result of fires caused by the crude systems put in place by the people who set up these farms.”

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 sinister

Anyone with any information can call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.