Routine police patrol unearths Milford Haven 'drug factory'
10:50am Saturday 16th June 2012 in News
POLICE officers are urging the public to be alert to illegal cannabis factories after the discovery of a ‘£1million operation’ in a Milford Haven industrial unit.
Officers on a routine patrol uncovered the ‘industrial scale’ cannabis farm capable of producing between £1m and £2m of the drug.
The discovery was made at Thornton Industrial Estate last Tuesday.
Officers found the 6,000 square foot unit had been subdivided into smaller rooms and a sophisticated hydroponic system put in place.
The cannabis had been harvested, but officials have said that the first yield would have had a value of between £1m and £2m.
Now police are asking the public to be vigilant to signs that cannabis factories are operating.
Signs include: ● Limited signs of daily activity ● Infrequent calls ● Curtains/blinds closed ● Gardens overgrown.
● Mostly terraced, properties and industrial units ● A strong smell of chemicals and empty containers left outside ● Residents bringing unusual equipment such as sophisticated lighting ● Extreme property fortification.
Detective Chief Inspector Shane Williams 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.”
DCI Williams added: “Although this is not a significant issue for Dyfed-Powys Police and there are no specific community concerns, we still want to highlight a variety of the signs – which can be present at any one time – as they relate to different types of drug production.
“Other signs are tenants paying rent in advance in cash, tenants preventing landlords from visiting the premises and willingness for tenants to pay for expensive exterior fortifications.”
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 Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Cannabis charges: THREE Chinese men appeared in front of Haverfordwest magistrates on Thursday charged with being involved in producing a quantity of cannabis between January 12 and June 5.
Shengfeng Liu, aged 21, of no fixed address; 29-year-old Shi Hua Ming from Govan, Glasgow and 36-year-old Ajua Xue from Peckham all denied the charge.
Magistrates declined jurisdiction and they will commit the case to Swansea crown court on July 26.