POLICE have been handing out gardening tips to a Moorlands resident after they discovered a cannabis plant. The plant, which is classed as illegal to grow in this country, was found in a garden at a property near to Cheadle town centre earlier this month. A representative for Staffordshire Police had initially posted about the find on their Twitter page. They said: “Local officers in Cheadle have had to give out some gardening tips this afternoon.
“Some plants are not ok to grow at home.
“The offender will be dealt with for the cultivation of cannabis and put before the courts.”
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police confirmed on Friday (September 13): “Officers from Moorlands neighbourhood Policing team attended a property near Cheadle town centre at lunch time on September 4 and discovered a cannabis plant growing in the garden.
“The plant has been seized and officers are speaking to a man from the local area while enquiries are ongoing.”
Last month, Staffordshire Police was urging residents to be vigilant for such criminal activity within their communities.
A spokesman said: “Staffordshire Police works closely with residents as well as local and international partners to identify offenders, disrupt drug networks and tackle drug crime in Staffordshire.
“Here are signs of drug dealing or use in your community: Increased traffic from cars and pedestrians that only stops for short periods; Activity or noise that is heavier at weekends, late at night or around paydays; People loitering around a property during periods of heavy traffic; People waiting in cars before or after visiting a property; People parking around the corner or a few streets away and approaching on foot; Money or parcels being exchanged through windows, letterboxes or under doors; Small packets being exchanged for money; Debris including tin foil, small plastic bags ‘wraps’, blister packs or syringes.
“Remember, if you suspect the manufacture, sale or use of drugs in your community, making a note of any people or vehicles involved can help the police identify offenders.”
The force has also issued the following aspects of how to spot cannabis or amphetamine factories:
Lights being left on, day and night; Curtains constantly drawn or blacked-out windows; Unpleasant, pungent or chemical smells; High humidity in a property; Chemical containers or drums at the property with labels removed or covered over; Venting protruding from the roof; Constant noise from cooling fans; Large bags of debris or soil being carried into, or out of a property; Properties that look unoccupied, but are visited for short periods of time; Lots of people coming and going at different or unusual times; Expensive vehicles visiting a person or property, which may not be in keeping with the surrounding area.”
If you suspect the use or dealing of drugs, call Staffordshire Police on 101.
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