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More than one million pounds of drugs have been seized by Merseyside Police in a week-long crackdown on cannabis farms.

Officers confiscated almost 1,500 cannabis plants with an estimated yield of £850,000 along with large quantities of cocaine, heroin and amphetamine.

The force-wide ‘week of action’ targeted organised criminal groups responsible for operating cannabis farms in communities and resulted in 94 people being arrested for drugs and other offences.   Handgun ammunition, expensive watches, drug-packaging equipment and mixing agent were also seized after officers executed almost one hundred Misuse of Drugs Act warrants last week.

Superintendent Mark Harrison, who led the operation, said the results showed the force was successfully tackling the issue of cannabis farms in people’s communities and going after the criminal gangs running them.

He said: “A great deal of work went into gathering the evidence for these warrants and into carrying them out so it is good to see them bring about positive results.   “We have seized large numbers of cannabis plants worth a considerable amount of money to the criminal gangs growing them and arrested almost a hundred people suspected of drugs and money laundering offences.

“The fact that we have found ammunition, Class A drugs and large amounts of unaccounted for cash at some of these premises shows that cannabis is not a harmless drug. It is linked to serious and organised crime and the cultivation of cannabis is damaging our communities so it is imperative that the police, Crimestoppers and the general public continue to tackle it.

“The Crimestoppers ‘scratch and sniff’ card initiative was a great way of educating local people about what to look out for and, with farms increasingly being set up in residential areas, we need the public to be our eyes and ears and tell us what they know.”

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