A woman has been arrested after police discovered a large cannabis farm in St Helens.
Around 100 plants were found at an address on Fleet Lane in Parr on Wednesday March 15.
Every cannabis farm our officers seize and every arrest we make marks another step in our efforts to disrupt the activities of criminals growing cannabisCommunity inspector Matt Drennan
Merseyside Police say the farm would have produced around £400,000 of drugs each year.
Officers also seized equipment for growing cannabis as well as the plants and found the electricity had been illegally bypassed.
A 29-year-old woman from Parr was arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and was taken to a police station for questioning.
The scene has been secured to enable officers to recover the cannabis and forensically examine it.
Community inspector Matt Drennan said: “Every cannabis farm our officers seize and every arrest we make marks another step in our efforts to disrupt the activities of criminals growing cannabis.
“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.
“The growing of cannabis also brings dangers to neighbouring properties because cannabis farms are a serious fire risk. 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.
“Our communities can help us stop these groups, who are only interested in making money, from turning houses and flats into potential death traps. Nobody wants to live next door to these houses 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.”
Some of the signs that cannabis is being grown are:
Strange smells and sounds.
Frequent and varied visitors to a property, often at unusual times.
Gardening equipment being taken into a property, such as plant pots, fertiliser, fans and industrial lighting.
Windows are sealed and covered or the curtains are permanently closed.
Heat from an adjoining property.
Birds gathering on a roof in cold weather.
Anyone with information can call police on 101, or ring Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.