Two arrested and drugs seized during day of action in South Liverpool
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We arrested two men, recovered a cannabis farm and seized a quantity of drugs and cash during a targeted day of action in South Liverpool yesterday (Thursday 27 May).
Patrols carried out activity in Toxteth and Aigburth throughout the day including executing Misuse of Drugs Act warrants, open land searches, quad bike patrols, roadside operations, stop searches and engaging with members of the public.
At around 9am yesterday morning officers executed a warrant at an address on Vandyke Street, Toxteth.
A cannabis farm consisting of 80 plants in various stages of growth across two rooms was recovered by the Cannabis Dismantling Team.
Bags of cannabis, blocks of white powder and a quantity of cash (estimated around £2,000) were also recovered at the address.
Enquiries are ongoing to find those responsible.
At around 10.30am officers executed a Warrant on Pickwick Street, Toxteth.
A substantial amount of white power was found at the address as well as a quantity of cash (around £1,000).
A 31-year-old man from Toxteth was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and possession of criminal property. He has since been released under investigation.
At around 11.45am, during a routine stop check of a vehicle on London Road, patrols noticed the driver was acting suspiciously. Officers searched the vehicle and recovered around £600 cash.
A further search of the driver found he was carrying bag of white power. The 37-year-old man from Liverpool was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.
He has since been released under investigation.
Acting Inspector Jack Woodward said: “Yesterday’s activity came after listening to concerns from the local community about the issues that affect them most.
“The seizures made mean that we’ve taken a substantial amount of harmful drugs off our streets.
“Proactive work such as this is carried out by officers every day to ensure Merseyside remains a safe place for our communities to live, work and visit and we will continue to listen to the public’s concerns and act on any information given to us.
“Information from our communities plays a vital part in bringing offenders to justice, so I would like to encourage the public to continue to come forward to us, or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously, so that we can take action.”
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 suspicious
Anyone with information on suspected drug production or criminal activity in their community can contact @MerPolCC, call 101 or come forward anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.