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Drugs with street vaule of £100,000
Police have seized cannabis with an approximate street value of £100,000 in Wigan.
At about 1.55pm on Tuesday 11 April 2012, police were called to the Golden Ball pub, Wigan Road, Bryn.
Officers attended to find approximately 200 cannabis plants.
Sergeant David Johnston from Wigan Division said, Thanks to the intelligence we received, thousands of pounds worth of cannabis has been taken off the street and will be destroyed.
Drugs are a scourge within local communities and it is vital we continue to take the fight to dealers and make it clear their actions will not be tolerated.
I would urge anyone who has knowledge of where drugs are being sold or cultivated to contact police so we can take action. All information received will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
Tell-tale signs of a property being used as a cannabis farm include windows being constantly covered from the inside, people visiting the property for short periods and at unusual times, no one actually living at the property, vents protruding from the roof or windows and a pungent odour in the vicinity. There may also be gardening equipment and large quantities of compost stored in the rear of the premises.
Cannabis farmers have no respect for the properties that they rent for this illegal activity and will knock down internal walls, tamper with electricity supplies and install industrial fans and irrigation systems to speed up and maximise their crop. They will also store hazardous chemicals and materials. All these activities cause fire, structural and explosion hazards and endanger the lives of people living in neighbouring properties.
Landlords can vastly reduce the chance of their properties being used as cannabis farms by thoroughly checking out the identities and past renting history of prospective tenants, regularly visiting and inspecting their properties and refusing to accept large advance rent payments in cash. If you see cannabis in your area, please call the police on 101.