Would you know if there was a cannabis factory next door? Police welcome citizen reports of suspicious drug activity

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Illegal cannabis cultivators are always worried about people trying to steal their stashes so illicit grows often have tell-tale features that should raise suspicions, hunches the Metropolitan Police in London, U.K. is always willing to hear. “Cannabis growers are in constant fear of being robbed by other criminals who want to steal their crop,” Detective Sergeant Owen Morgan of Metropolitan Police’s East Area Command Drugs Focus Desk, says in a statement . That constant concern oftentimes means these illicit operations have fairly obvious security features that may be out of step with surrounding buildings. “They often increase security on the address, which may include additional locks, grilles and even CCTV cameras,” Morgan points out. $150 million in cannabis seized from 400 large drug operations in West Midlands last year Scottish police probing weekend fire stumble upon weed grow-op Cannabis cultivators bank on illegal grow, but police make operation-ending withdrawal The police ask: Would you know if there was a cannabis factory next door? Beyond security-type features, though, some tell-tale signs include blacked-out windows that are never opened to hide very bright lights that run for about 12 hours a day; a low humming sound from large extractor fans, particularly in fall and winter; pungent weed smell, which often occurs during the final month of growing; and short visits by people coming and going at strange times. Answering the aforementioned question could prove critically important since people who are tipped off by these odd attributes can, in turn, tip off the police. That community intelligence has been — and continues to be — very helpful in trying to banish these bud bandits and restore safety to neighbourhoods, the Met Police suggest. In East London, the police statement notes, 72 cannabis factories have been closed and dismantled in just six months. “We…

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