Cannabis Factory

Alert message sent 07/09/2020 17:59:00

Information sent on behalf of Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch


Although this took place in West Cumbria, the same thing could take place in any of our communities.

Two men have each been jailed for more than three years after police uncovered a large-scale cannabis factory packed with 1,300 plants in west Cumbria.
 
Detective Chief Inspector Matt Scott, speaking after the sentencing, said: “This was a very professional set-up, with no outward signs that anything untoward was going on.

'The location in the town itself meant they were almost hiding in plain sight, but good proactive policing led to this discovery, in that a single officer saw something suspicious and acted on it immediately'
 
Our investigations into drugs crime relies on intelligence and information and we would urge anyone who has seen or knows of anything suspicious to contact us.”

Officers are calling for the public to play their part and report anything suspicious.

DI Scott added: “People should be under no illusion that serious and organised crime groups operate in Cumbria. It is these groups who are behind the industrial levels of cannabis growth grown in the sort of places we are targeting. “We appreciate every bit of information we get from the public.

“We have officers and PCSOs out-and-about engaging with the community every day, but we need you to tell us what is happening in your neighbourhoods.
“Please come forward with information – everything will be reviewed and acted upon accordingly.”


Signs to watch out for include:
  • Strong, sickly smells coming from properties
  • Properties where the windows are constantly covered
  • Excessive security around properties, such as CCTV
  • High levels of unusual condensation on windows
  • Lots of visitors – and at unsociable hours
  • Bright lights day and night
  • Constant buzz of ventilation
'Criminals are using more inventive ways to conceal cannabis grows – not just in rooms, but in the back of shops and in industrial settings where people go to work every day.

Cannabis farms are very dangerous places and pose a serious risk of fire.
 
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 – or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
 
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