Whiston pair arrested over £100k cannabis farm

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A man and a woman from Whiston have been arrested after two cannabis farms were discovered by police today (Thursday).

Officers executed two raids at around 9.20am in Whiston and Kirkby, seizing 42 plants.

The first raid was at Knowsley Industrial Park, off Newstet Road, where 32 cannabis plants - with an estimated annual yield of £128,000 - were found.

During a second raid at a property in Nelson Avenue, Whiston, officers found a further 10 plants and five bags of white powder.

They are currently being tested by police.

Merseyside Police’s specialist cannabis dismantling team are in attendance to remove the plants and sophisticated hydroponic growing equipment.

A 42-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman, both from Whiston, have been arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

Det Con Mike Lee said: “The cannabis cultivations found would have an estimated annual yield of well over £100,000.

“Thankfully officers have taken action and prevented criminals from making any further financial gain from these properties.

“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 rent industrial properties such as this.

“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.”