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A cannabis factory has been found by police in South Mimms who were also looking into reports of a dangerous dog.
Police officers executed a warrant yesterday (1st April) at an address in St Albans Road, South Mimms, and uncovered a hydroponic cannabis factory.
Officers from Operation Scorpion, Tactical Team, Safer Neighbourhood Team and Dog Unit, entered the premises to execute a search warrant, obtained under the Misuse of Drugs Act, after officers identified the premises as possibly cultivating cannabis.
Due to the size of the premises the Police Helicopter (NPAS) was also on-site, along with the Dangerous Dog Unit, as there were reports of a potentially dangerous dog, which has now been seized.
Upon entering the premises, officers found a hydroponic set up with cannabis plants at various stages of growth, with an estimated street value of between £19,600 and £53,800.
The plants have now been taken away from the site and will be destroyed.
Arrest inquiries are taking place for possible offenders and the investigation is still on-going.
Hertsmere Neighbourhood Inspector, Richard Johnson from Borehamwood Police Station, said: "This factory was found due to great work from officers who identified the premises as a potential cannabis factory, so this is a great result for us.
"We will continue to take a robust approach to this kind of criminal activity and pursue those in our community who are suspected to be involved in the production and supply of controlled drugs.
"The public can assist our fight against drugs by reporting any suspicions around possible drugs use and dealing. Please call us via the non-emergency number 101: we will take your report seriously and act on any information received."
Possible indications of a cannabis factory:
" Strong smell of de-odourisers or air fresheners
" Lights being left on all day and night
" Curtains constantly drawn or windows blacked out
" A sudden jump or fall in electricity bills
" Possible rewiring
" High humidity in the property
" There is a lot of noise when someone moves into a property, but afterwards no one seems to be living there
" Strange comings and goings of people
Anyone with information about drugs or drug related activity in their neighbourhood should report this to police via the non-emergency number, 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.