Police have arrested 16 people and seized more than 304 cannabis plants during the third day of a week-long crack down on drugs gangs.
Large amounts of cash, growing equipment and quantities of Class A drugs were also seized as officers executed drugs raids in Anfield, Croxteth, Garston, Huyton, Kirkby, Bootle, Litherland, Wallasey and Birkenhead yesterday (Wednesday, March 20).
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.
More than 750 cannabis plants have been seized and XX people have been arrested in the first three days of police activity targeting cannabis farms in residential areas.
Ammunition, cocaine and heroin have also been seized as officers crackdown on organised criminal gangs.