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Police describe find as a ‘cannabis factory’

Created on 30/04/2017 @ 18:48
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Police have released more details of the drugs raid that uncovered almost 1,000 cannabis plants over the weekend.

Llanfyllin police have revealed that a visit by a solitary officer to a suspect isolated property in the Foel area revealed what they have described as a “cannabis factory” (pictured).

“969 Cannabis plants of varying stages of growth were located as well as extensive heating and lighting systems,” a spokesperson said.

“Electricity had also been abstracted illegally. The seizure is suspected to be worth a significant amount of money.

“Cannabis farms fund the lifestyles of criminals and can have a damaging effect on the community they are located in. The growing of cannabis can pose a significant fire hazard due to the methods used by those whose only interest is to make money.

“Nobody wants to live next door to a cannabis farm and we would ask that if you believe a property is being used for this reason please tell us so we can take positive actions and find those responsible.”

Police have asked us to publish the following guide that may arouse your suspicions to a cannabis farm.

·      A strong and sickly sweet smell.

·      Cannabis growing equipment being taken into a property e.g. industrial size lighting, fans and plant feed.

·      Constantly covered or blocked-off windows e.g. black out blinds or foil coverings.

·      Unsociable coming and goings or neighbours you never see.

·      Strong and constant lighting day and night.

·      High levels of heat and condensation.

·      Constant buzz of ventilation as the 'farmers' try to create the ideal climate for plants to grow.

·      Excessive amount of cables. Criminals will dig underground to lay cables to things like lamp posts so they don't have to pay for the enormous amounts of electricity they use.

·      The use of CCTV cameras in unusual places.

Individually these may seem commonplace however together they may indicate something more sinister.

Anyone with information can contact Dyfed Powys Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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