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Police have arrested 12 people and seized more than 260 cannabis plants during the second day of a week-long crack down on drugs gangs.

Large amounts of cash, growing equipment and quantities of cannabis bush were also seized as officers executed drugs raids in Birkenhead, Rock Ferry, Southport, Kirkby, Halewood, Orrell Park, Aigbuth and Toxteth yesterday (Tuesday, March 19).

The police activity comes as Crimestoppers and forces across the UK launch an awareness-raising campaign to alert people to the tell-tale signs that cannabis farms may be operating within their neighbourhoods.   Around 23,000 innovative ‘scratch and sniff’ cards have been posted through people’s doors informing them of the distinct smell that cannabis plants emit when being grown, compared to when smoked.

Crimestoppers are encouraging anyone who susepcts they live near or know where a cannis farm has been set up to pass on that information anonymously and in confidence so that the police can take action.   On Monday police arrested 14 people and seized more than 250 cannabis plants during the first day of the operation.   Ammunition, cocaine and heroin were also seized as officers cracked down on organised criminal gangs.

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