Operation Nemesis – Cannabis Factory Uncovered In Etruria

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of being concerned in the cultivation of cannabis.

Officers were called to Mere Side Close, Etruria, yesterday evening (1 February) following a call from a concerned member of the public reporting suspicious activity at an address in the street. This property was also the only one which did not have a roof covered in snow on Sunday morning.

After attending the location officers arrested a 22-year-old male in the vicinity on suspicion of cultivating cannabis. He remains in police custody where he will be questioned.

Officers are at the address this morning and have recovered approximately 350 cannabis plants at various stages of cultivation. The loft, garage and upstairs rooms of the property have all been used to grow cannabis plants.

Inspector Martin Brereton, commander of Burslem Neighbourhood Policing Unit, which covers Etruria, said, ‘Thanks to a member of the public, who was rightly suspicious of the activities at this address, we have arrested a man at the scene. The fact that snow had melted so quickly from the roof of this address raised concern that intense heat was coming from the property. I would like to thank members of the public for letting us know their concerns about suspicious activity involving drug misuse in their community. We will endeavour to act on all information received.’

Police and Crimestoppers say the following are some of the tell tale signs of properties being used for growing cannabis.

– Windows permanently covered from the inside
– Visits to the premises at unusual times of the day or night
– People visiting just to “maintain” the house
– Daily or weekly calls at the house by people who stay for a short time
– Black bin bags or laundry bags being taken away
– Compost bags or gardening equipment left outside, usually at the rear of the premises
– Vents protruding through the roof or a rear window
– Strange, pungent smells from the premises
– Unusual noises from equipment such as cooling fans

Anyone with information about the supply of drugs is asked to call Staffordshire Police on 0300 123 4455 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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