A cannabis farm spread across seven rooms and worth an estimated £800,000 a year was discovered in Liverpool today.
Officers raided the Fazakerley property this morning, finding the “sophisticated” set up and arresting an 18-year-old man on suspicion of production of cannabis.
The haul comes a day after a £2m cannabis farm was uncovered in Anfield, meaning more than 700 plants have now been seized from city drugs rackets in less than 24 hours.
Merseyside Police executed a warrant on Ferrey Road at around 9am this morning under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Once inside the property, officers found around 200 plants spread across seven rooms. The electricity circuit was also illegally bypassed.
The force’s specialist cannabis dismantling team has since attended to remove the plants and hydroponic growing equipment.
Calling on the public to continue to help identifying cannabis farms Neighbourhood Inspector Sarah Jones said: “The cannabis found would have an estimated annual yield of around £800,000. Thankfully officers have taken positive action and prevented criminals from making further financial gain from this property.
“Cannabis cultivation by criminal gangs can cause serious harm in communities in Merseyside. Criminal groups involved in the cultivation of cannabis are often involved in other serious organised crime and use properties such as this.
“The growing of cannabis also brings dangers to neighbouring properties because cannabis farms can pose a serious fire risk. The people who set up these farms often tamper with electricity meters to steal electricity, and there will generally be a number of hot lamps which can overloaded electricity sockets, which can be running alongside extensive watering systems.”