Burglar alarm leads police to cannabis farm worth £724k a year
A 50-year-old man from Prescot was arrested after discovery in Bootle
A 50-year-old man has been arrested after police discovered a cannabis farm worth around £724,000 per year.
Police were called out to an industrial unit on Globe Road in Bootle at around 4.05pm yesterday after an alarm went off – and smelled cannabis coming from a neighbouring unit,
Officers found around 182 plants inside the unit and a large amount of dried cannabis. Police said the cannabis farm was worth around £724,000 per year.
A 50-year-old man from Prescot was arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and was taken to a police station to be interviewed.
The fire service assisted police at the scene.
Community Inspector Ian Jones said: “Cannabis cultivation by criminal gangs can cause serious harm in our communities. Criminal groups involved in the cultivation of cannabis are usually involved in other serious organised crime and they often use industrial properties such as this, as well as residential premises.
“Our communities can help us stop these groups, who are only interested in making money, from turning houses, flats and business premises into potential death traps. Nobody wants to live or work next door to these places and we would ask that if you believe someone is using a property for this purpose, please tell us so we can take positive action and find those responsible for setting them up.
“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 never a good 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.”
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