The trend of growing Cannabis plants on a small and industrial level in Cheshire is becoming an increasing issue. Cheshire Police has always taken a very pro-active stance towards this type of criminality and responded swiftly to intelligence when locations have been identified. As a result there has been a significant and increasing number of seizures of plants in recent years. This reflects the very low tolerance Cheshire Police take on those that want to take the risk of committing this type of offence in this county.
In March Cheshire Police joined forces with its colleagues across the region to tackle cannabis production and in that month alone Cheshire Officers conducted 60 search warrants which disrupted 27 cultivations, resulting in 29 arrests, the seizure of cash and more than 1300 plants.
Chief Inspector Brian Roberts of the Force Intelligence Bureau said: "We will be relentless at continuing to make Cheshire an undesirable location to commit this type of offence and we will continue to take positive action seizing, disrupting and arresting those responsible.
"Our staff will tackle this issue using traditional searching of premises methods and arresting anybody linked to the offence, additionally we will look to use any other appropriate powers such as the seizure of cash and assets to those that are making a business from the production and supply of drugs."
Cannabis is now stronger than ever and it is important that people are aware of the long term effects the strength and potency can have on an individual′s health.
Assistant Chief Constable Ruth Purdie added: "The perception of cannabis needs to change and the danger to young people′s health needs to be understood.
"Additionally, people should be aware that those who buy cannabis are funding organised crime groups associated with the supply of class A drugs, firearms and other criminality that impacts on our communities."
Cheshire Police need more information about small and large scale growing of cannabis in order to continue to disrupt cultivation. Anybody who has information can contact the police on 101 or crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.