Detectives are welcoming the sentencing of two Sefton men to a total of 5 years imprisonment following an investigation into cannabis cultivation in Litherland.
The men were sentenced on Friday 17 May at Liverpool Crown Court.
Between March and May 2017, members of a crime group were suspected of setting up a hydroponics system at an address in Riddock Road. A warrant was carried out at the address on Tuesday 16 May 2017, resulting in the arrest of three men and seizure of a hydroponics system and more than 50 cannabis plants across three separate rooms, with an estimated potential annual yield of approximately £180,000.
34-year-old Peter Almond of Heathfield Close in Litherland was sentenced to 30 months in prison for conspiracy to produce cannabis and possession of Class B drugs. Almond pleaded guilty at a pre-trial hearing.
40-year-old David Neary of Earle Road in Kensington was sentenced to 30 months in prison for conspiracy to produce cannabis and possession of Class B drugs. Neary pleaded guilty before the trial.
Detectives would also like to speak to 30-year-old Travis Mansell of Wordsworth Street in Toxteth in relation to this investigation. Mansell is described as white, 5ft 6in, of slim build, with black hair and brown eyes.
Detective Chief Inspector Steve Reardon said: "All drug supply causes significant harm across our communities, but it is always particularly pleasing to see cannabis farms removed from the streets.
"Cannabis farms represent massive fire and flood risks and are also attractors for serious violent crime. Criminal groups involved in the cultivation of cannabis are often involved in other serious organised crime which brings significant harm to those communities. Each seizure we make represents money being taken from the pockets of criminals and we encourage members of the communities to report any concerns to police.
"Nobody wants to live next door to such high risk, and many of the successes we have are due to people being aware of some of the signs that a cannabis farm is on your doorstep."
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 sinister
Anyone with information on suspected cannabis farms in their area is asked to contact the social media desk @MerPolCC, call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111. You can also use their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.