Police have warned landlords to make regular checks on properties after a cannabis farm was found at a property in Crewe.
Cheshire police received reports of suspicious activity at a rented property in Walthall Street, Crewe, on Sunday, and on investigation found a cannabis farm set up in the property.
The cannabis farm in the Crewe property contained more than 80 plants at various stages of cultivation.
Cheshire police are making enquiries into the discovery of the cannabis farm, but so far no arrests have been made in relation to it.
Detective Constable Paul Wright, of Cheshire Police said: ‘This is a great result and it truly shows how information from members of the public is vital in the fight against drug related crime. We know the negative impact illegal drug use and supply can have on the community and we continue to do all we can to put a stop to this sort of activity.’
The detective also urged landlords to be careful regarding their rental properties.
He said: ‘It is estimated the average cost for repairing a property used for cannabis cultivation is in the region of £15,000 – which is why we would urge landlords to remain cautious. It’s important to conduct regular checks at the addresses to ensure that everything is in order.’
DC Wright added: ‘Also, if a potential new client comes to you and offers to pay six months’ rent in advance in cash, then the probability is that it’s too good to be true – and it may end up costing you more in the long run.’
Signs to look out for include:
A strong and sickly-sweet smell
Equipment to grow cannabis being taken into a house – For example, lighting and ventilation equipment.
Constantly covered or blocked-off windows – Cannabis factories 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 factories often give off heat and the windows stay misted up.
Constant buzz of ventilation – Listen out for a whirring sound as the growers try to create an ideal climate for the plants to grow.
Lots of power cables – Gangs dig underground to lay cables that hook up to things like lamp posts so they don’t have to pay for the enormous amounts of electricity they use.