Cannabis farms found next to each other in a part of town
Two neighboring houses on a city street have been turned into cannabis factories.
Police made the discovery yesterday, when officers attended one of the properties on Tewkesbury Street in the Tudor Road area of ââthe city center to investigate a report of concern for the well-being of the occupier.
Officers said they found evidence of a previous cannabis crop in the home, then discovered plants were being grown on the neighboring property.
This is the latest such find in the region, where officers have previously said they are shutting down such operations at the rate of one per week.
West Leicester police posted on Facebook last night: ‘After a report of welfare issues at a Tewkesbury Street address, remains of a cannabis factory were found inside.
âWhen we were investigating here, a cannabis crop was located nearby.
“Sixty plants found inside this property and electricity bypassed in both addresses. Electricity is now secure.
Officers believe that criminal gangs are targeting the neighborhood because the high number of rental housing units and rapid population turnover allow them to operate.
They’ve gone directly to homeowners, or the agents they pay to run their affairs, to check their homes in the area every three months.
Officers believe that if such checks were carried out – about the time it takes for a cannabis plant to produce a yield – it would deal a heavy blow to the illegal trade.
Sergeant Ed Jones of Hinckley Road Police previously told LeicestershireLive: âThese places are out in plain sight and there is money to be made, sometimes hundreds of thousands of pounds.
“There is a strong element of community in this area, but there is always a high turnover of people coming and going, which makes it ripe for exploitation by cannabis growers.”
The Leicestershire Police and Fire and Rescue Services have issued a number of warnings that cannabis ‘factories’ are notorious fire hazards, as the people setting them up often tamper with the power supply to bypass the area.
Telltale signs that a property is being used for growing cannabis include:
- Excessive fortification
- Silver duct tape hanging from windows
- Blackened windows
- Condensation on windows
- Chipped wallpaper or moldy walls
- A pungent smell
- Sudden fluctuations in electricity bills
- Electrical wiring that has been tampered with