Girl, 16, among four arrested as cannabis farm found in house

A teenage girl was among four people arrested after police discovered a cannabis farm spread across a Speke house.

Merseyside Police raided the property on Sunday in Western Avenue and found the drugs enterprise being operated out of three rooms.

Around 150 cannabis plants were discovered as well as cash and drugs equipment and paraphernalia.

Today police released pictures of the cannabis farm and confirmed a 16-year-old girl and three adults were all arrested on suspicion of cannabis cultivation; possession of a controlled Class A/B drugs and money laundering.

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A Merseyside Police spokesman said: "At around 4.30pm (on Sunday), enquiries in the Western Avenue area led to a cannabis farm being discovered at a property.

"The farm spanned three rooms with around 150 plants being grown, in addition to equipment, cash and other paraphernalia.

"The following people were arrested on suspicion of cannabis cultivation; possession of a controlled Class A/B drugs and money laundering: a 46-year-old woman from Speke; a 53-year-old man from Speke; a 27-year-old man from Huyton, a 16-year-old girl from Speke."

The spokesman added: "The 16-year-old girl has been released under investigation pending further enquiries. The other three remain in custody for questioning."

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Matrix Inspector Colin Dyer said: “These arrests are the latest in a series we’ve made in the Speke and Garston areas, targeting those we suspect are involved in drug dealing.
“Our officers are committed to making the neighbourhood a safer place for residents by removing those who we believe are causing harm from the streets. It’s about giving the community a happier, better place to live.

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“Cannabis farms and other drug activity can and does attract violent crime and the risk of fire and floods to those communities within which they are set up. Nobody wants to live near to such risk so be aware of the signs.
“This particular incident was the result of smart police work, but we also act on information from those who live and work locally, so if you have any information about suspected drug dealing and the storage of weapons or drugs, come forward directly or via Crimestoppers, which is completely independent of police.”

Police found a cannabis at a house in Western Avenue, Speke

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