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Friday 29 January 2010

600 cannabis plants found in Crewe

More than 600 cannabis plants have been destroyed after being recovered from a house in Crewe.
Police Officers smashed their way into the three-bedroom semi detached house in Newfield Drive on Jan 26th.
Sergeant Andy Collier from Crewe neighbourhood Policing Unit said, “The plants were in the upstairs rooms which had been converted for cultivating cannabis with the usual irrigation systems and heaters. Rooms downstairs were in the process of being converted for the same type of use.
“As we went into the house a man jumped from an upstairs window and landed on concrete. He sustained quite serious injuries to his ankle and was taken to hospital. We will interview him later.
“We have identified and shut down a number of cannabis farms in Crewe in the past few months. Many of them, like this one, have been a substantial size. These closures prevent drugs going on to the streets and cut into the income of the organized criminal gangs who are often behind this type of operation.
“The cannabis farms we have found have been in various types of houses and in commercial buildings. Anyone who suspects that a property in their neighbourhood is being used for growing cannabis should contact us. We will follow up the information and take action wherever possible.”
Anyone with information or suspicions about cannabis farms should contact the Cheshire Police Information Line 0845 458 0000 or you can leave information anonymously on the Crimestoppers line 0800 555 111.

Signs to identify a building being used as a cannabis farm.
· A pungent and sweet smell on the street with no obvious source.
· Unusual levels of heat coming from a property.
· Unusual noises at odd times such as fans going constantly, or large items like sacks or drums being dragged around.
· Windows that are blacked out by heavy curtains or bin bags from the inside.
· Occupants who are rarely seen or seen at odd times
· The property seems unlived in or the residents are active at odd times of the day.
· Bulky items being taken into the property such as barrels and drums.
· The creation of new air vents or the use of industrial air vents in a domestic property

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