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Cannabis haul after local tip off

Wednesday 5 March 2014

Over a thousand cannabis plants have been seized today in Dudley after a member of the public tipped off police of ‘suspicious goings on and pungent smells’.

Officers rushed to the industrial estate in Meeting Lane, Brierley Hill at 11.20am this morning (Wednesday), unfortunately no-one was at the Canal Side Unit.

The premises are being examined and the plants will be removed and destroyed by the force’s dedicated Cannabis Disposal Team.

The value of the drugs will be determined when they have been examined and officers will carry out fast-track enquiries to trace those responsible for the drugs.

Sergeant Marc Butler, from the CAPT team, said: "There can often be tell-tale signs that a property has been converted into a cannabis factory, such as a strong smell and the noise of machinery.

“These plants have been seized as a direct result of information received from members of the community and we would encourage anyone who has information about suspicious activity in their neighbourhood to come forward and contact us - we will take action."

Signs that a cannabis farm may be in a property include:

• Gardening equipment such as plant pots, fertiliser and compost being taken into a property - particularly if the property doesn’t have a garden.

• Frequent visitors to the property, often at unusual times.

• Windows sealed or covers or curtains permanently drawn may be an attempt to hide what’s happening behind closed doors.

• Heat from adjoining properties could indicate that an artificial climate is being created for the tropical plants.

• Pungent smells from the cannabis plants and strange sounds from heating equipment extractor fans.