Unwitting council boss had cannabis farm in his house

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DEPUTY council leader Barrie Grunewald has told of his shock after discovering that a house he rents out had been transformed into a drugs factory.

Coun Grunewald was stunned to find out this week that police had sniffed out a sophisticated cannabis farm worth up to £100,000 in his former Liverpool home.

Cannabis farm

Cannabis farm

The Rainhill councillor says rogue tenants left the property - on Ampthill Road, Aigburth - in a “horrendous” state, leaving the remnants of cannabis production strewn across every room.

Coun Grunewald said: “The house was in a terrible state. There was compost in every room and every window, apart from the one in the living room, had been sealed up and blacked out. Gaffer tape had been used on the walls to hold up all the sheeting too.

“We’ve rented this property out for the last two years and have had numerous tenants in that time - from students to families. Neighbours made complaints about previous tenants but we didn’t get a single complaint about our latest tenants and they always paid their rent on time.

Coun Grunewald added: “The drugs operation that was being run was more than sophisticated - it was clearly exceptionally professional. There was even stuff hanging from the ceilings and tubes running through the house.

“We’ve been left with an absolutely horrendous clean up job now. But it definitely highlights the potential dangers of renting properties out.”

Anthony Geraghty, of Albion Street, Everton, appeared before magistrates on Monday (June 20) charged with being concerned in the production of cannabis and possession of the Class B drug.

The 59-year-old was remanded in custody until June 27, when he is due back at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court.

A 48-year-old woman also arrested in connection with the find, but has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.