Police raid £1m cannabis factories in Milford Haven and Haverfordwest
9:16am Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
POLICE are urging people to look out for neighbours behaving suspiciously after two ‘cannabis factories’ were discovered in Pembrokeshire.
A 38-year-old Vietnamese man was arrested at a house in Nantucket Avenue, Milford Haven, where several hundred plants in various stages of growth were found.
And on October 9, several hundred plants were seized from a rented property on St Thomas Green, Haverfordwest.
Together, the plants recovered have an estimated street value of £1 million.
Police are advising people to remain vigilant, and to look out for neighbours whose gardens are overgrown, show limited signs of daily activity, and keep blinds and curtain closed throughout the day.
Other signs to look for are strong smell of chemicals and empty containers left outside, neighbours bringing home unusual equipment such as sophisticated lighting, or those undertaking extreme property fortification.
Detective Sergeant Mark Richards said: "When criminals operate out of properties the whole community suffers but it can also result in personal loss for a landlord. Tenants using the property illegally will often reduce the property value, cause damage and not pay rent.
"We are urging landlords and neighbours to be aware of signs which could indicate criminal activity and if they are at all suspicious to tell us and we can help them address the issues.”
According to Police, the construction of these ‘factories’ often involves interference with the property’s electrical installation, which can mean dangerous consequences for neighbours or future tenants.
Police are urging members of the public to be aware of the risk and not to investigate themselves – anyone wanting more advice or who has any information can contact their local police station via 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111