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23 April 2010, 09:37
Police have given Heart pictures of cannabis plants that were found being grown in a terraced house in Sheerness.
The hydroponic factory was discovered after officers saw two men on CCTV climbing through the second floor window of a property on Beach Street in the town on Wednesday night (21st April 2010).
Between 100 and 150 plants were inside the property, with an estimated street value of £13,000 to £19,500.
Two 25 year-old men and an 18 year-old man were arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis.
The men, who're all from the Sittingbourne area, have been released on bail.
Investigating officer PC Nadia Asif urged anyone suspecting that a cannabis factory may be operating in their area to contact Kent Police on 01622 690690 or Kent Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.
“Signs of a cannabis factory include the windows being permanently covered from the inside and visits to the address not matching normal residents’ patterns, that is people calling daily or weekly but only for short periods of time,” she said.
“Often a pungent smell will emanate from the building. Sometimes this even seeps through walls to adjacent properties.
“Other telltale signs can include compost bags and other gardening equipment in the garden or close to the back door without any clear indication of normal gardening or vents protruding from the roof tiles,” she added.