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£40k of cannabis found in Dickens Heath flat

Police discovered a cannabis farm with around £40,000 worth of plants at a flat in Dickens Heath after being contacted by the local community.

The £40,000 worth of cannabis plants found growing inside a flat in Main Street, Dickens Heath.
The £40,000 worth of cannabis plants found growing inside a flat in Main Street, Dickens Heath.

Police discovered a cannabis farm with around £40,000 worth of plants at a flat in Dickens Heath after being contacted by the local community.

Officers forced down the door to gain entry to the apartment in Main Street on Thursday January 29 and discovered the plants growing in one of the rooms.

Police acted after neighbours reported smelling the ‘obvious odour’ connected to the growing of the illegal drug.

Solihull Police tweeted that the plants had since been removed and destroyed.

A police spokesman added: “Neighbourhood police officers executed a drugs warrant in Main Street, Dickens Heath, in response to community concerns and residents reporting the distinctive aroma of cannabis in the area. The door was forced and a sizeable cannabis factory found inside. It is estimated that the potential yield of the plants is around £40,000.

“No-one was at the address and enquiries are on-going to determine the owner of the property and if it’s been let out to a tenant. The smell of cannabis is only one of several telltale signs that a property may be a front for a cannabis farm.

“Others include curtains always drawn, people visiting at all hours and often for short periods, bright lights and the low hum of extractor fans emanating from the property, plus things like compost, fertilizer and other growing paraphernalia being taken inside.

“No-one should have to put up with drug dealing on their doorstep. Any residents with concerns should contact their local police team on the 101 number and, as this raid illustrates, we will take action.”

Coun Ken Hawkins (Con, Blythe) added: “This is not a slur on the name of Dickens Heath, which is a smashing village. This can happen in any part of Solihull, and in any part of Birmingham.

“The good news here is that police were contacted by members of the public who could smell cannabis and the situation was dealt with.”

 

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