Man named after smell led police to cannabis farm

Prescot Road in Old Swan
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A man has been named after a cannabis farm was found.

Officers were on patrol on Prescot Road in Old Swan on Monday, July 8 when cannabis could be smelt coming from a property. Following a search they discovered nearly 250 cannabis plants at different stages of maturity.

The premises was made safe by Merseyside Police's cannabis dismantling team and our enquiries are ongoing. Ervis Husa, 34, of no fixed address, was charged with production of cannabis and abstract electricity. He has been remanded into custody.

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Some of the signs that cannabis is being grown are:
- Strange smells and sounds
- Frequent and varied visitors to a property, often at unusual times
- Gardening equipment being taken into a property, such as plant pots, fertiliser, fans and industrial lighting
- Windows are sealed and covered or the curtains are permanently closed
- Heat from an adjoining property
- Birds gathering on a roof in cold weather

Individually these activities may seem commonplace, however, together may indicate something more suspicious, according to police. Anyone with information on suspected drug production or criminal activity in their community can contact @MerPolCC, call 101 or come forward anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Always call 999 if a crime is in progress.

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